Neuter summarizes Hélène Cixous's early concerns - self, language, meaning, relations, écriture feminine - by laying bare metaphors, incorporating existing material, and developing text by association, fragmentation, and play on signifiers. Its "substance" is nebulous; its woven structure determines the presence and function of all its elements and expresses Cixous's guiding philosophy. Neuter's goal is to transform the narratives, myths, and discourses that mold our selves, provoking a revelation through new juxtapositions of the self with all others or new relations. The title reflects both Cixous's focus on language and her attempt to free us from sexual preconceptions. Hélène Cixous is an author and critic whose fiction has received less attention because her prose is highly experimental and grounded in its original languages. Neuter was first published by Grasset in 1972 as the third part of a trilogy which includes Le troisième corps and Les commencements, published in 1970.
Translated and with an introduction by Lorene M. Birden
About the authors:
Helene Cixous is an author, theorist, and critic whose theoretical works are widely read; her prose fiction, however, is both highly experimental and heavily grounded in its original languages. Neuter was first published by Grasset in 1972.
Lorene Birden is a literary researcher and translator. Drawing on studies to degrees in French, Russian, and English literature, she has focused on nineteenth and twentieth-century prose fiction, producing studies on Triolet, Flaubert, Zola, Chekhov, Pasternak, Eliot, and Saki, and translations of Triolet, Cixous, Jacob, and Chekhov. She is currently a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the International Society for Humor Studies.
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