And the Whale
Already everything was there
Spew into the sea
Off age's shore
Of maps & of prints
Write in Tongues
Unfinish the Story & History
Just before the paper
The fear of names
Slight uneasiness the masculine
But the Earth goes round, not too badly
The body writes
The grace the galloping
“This wonderfully sympathetic conversation about writing is like a magic animal in a fairytale. Follow, and it will take you through the diverse joys, dangers, surprises and landscapes of Cixous's writing life, towards the intransigent questions that animate everybody who lives.”
Sarah Wood, The University of Kent
“These interviews, which take Cixous back over her writing history, are fascinating encounters as much between the author and her (past) self as with Frédéric-Yves Jeannet. Encounters is essential reading for anyone interested in Cixous.”
Mairéad Hanrahan, University College London
- Cixous is generally regarded as one of the leading French feminist writers.
- This is a very revealing set of interviews with Cixous in which she discusses her life and work, including her creative method, her distinctive style and the central themes of some of her most important books. She also talks freely about her own literary tastes, ranging from her love for Joyce to and respect for Proust to her lack of interest in the nouveau roman. The interviews were conducted by another French writer, Frédéric-Yves Jeannet.
- The text is very engaging and accessible and it draws the reader in to Cixous’s world very effectively. It is an excellent introduction to her work.
- This book will be of great interest to anyone who reads and enjoys Cixous’s work. It will also be a very welcome text for students of Cixous and of contemporary French theory and literature.