In her seminal work “The Laugh of the Medusa” feminist thinker Helene Cixous deals with the topic of feminine writing. Her main point in the. Hélène Cixous did not mince words when she published “Le Rire de la Méduse” (“The Laugh of the Medusa) in , where she claimed that. The Laugh of the Medusa has ratings and 78 reviews. Christopher said: If you have the opportunity, then I would suggest reading this work in french.

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We know how to speak them all” Som tar plats och som uppmanar. In all aspects, her writing is concise, navigable and powerfully sturring.

She conveys this message by employing a conversational dialogue in which she instructs her audience directly. Cixous and Luce Irigaray combined Derrida’s logocentric idea and Lacan’s laugg for desire, creating the term phallogocentrism. Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. It was growth and learning.

I was other to his instincts as hunter and organizer. Write, let no one hold you back, let nothing stop you: And then as soon as we come, we go and make ourselves feel guilty-so as to be forgiven; or to forget, to bury it until the next time. Is this a real feminist answer to sexual inequality?

Your blog provided us valuable information. My world was a world of care for others, of intimacy, inclusion, reciprocity, sharing.

Cixous argues in “The Laugh of the Medusa” that a woman cixos write texts and herself in two ways: She is also Managing Editor of the mefusa Wonders and Marvelsand lover of yoga, meditation and all things food-related.

I wanted knowledge; it gave me ‘Truth’. Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition. Cixous also holds that the woman always preserves someone else’s potency.


If you have the opportunity, then I would suggest reading this work in french.

Hélène Cixous and the myth of Medusa

Even though it is only twenty pages long, it takes a long time to read because there are so many ideas and images packed in, so many references to think about and understand. It was about play; about teasing, withholding, surrendering.

A double distress, for even if she transgresses, her words fall almost always upon the deaf male ear, which hears in language only that which speaks in the masculine. It would take around 90 minutes to two hours to enjoy meduxa monument. Real men take pride in remaining impassive.

It’s imperative to read the works of thinkers like Cixous to remind ourselves of how much work there is to do. I Nice Article it’s useful. Crowned with venomous serpents and endowed with a fatal gaze, the monstrous Medusa stands out as an interesting historical figure because she meddusa survived the centuries as a symbol of seduction and power, as muse, feminist and castration threat.

Cultural Reader: Short summary: The Laugh of the Medusa / Helene Cixous

Queer is a torsiona twist. Beyond that I had to take the world as it unfolded before me, in this I could see no alternative.

Misunderstood as a tragic beauty that embodied death, Medusa had been recorded in History as a Gorgon raped by Poseidon, punished by Athena, and conquered by Perseus. Garber, Marjorie and Nancy Vickers. I don’t know, but I want to give it another chance albeit at some vague point in the future before rating it. Cixous wants to break the rules of the game by not defining what feminine writing is, since any theorization of it will fall into the subordination of phalluscentric economy.

I hope this can help in my thesis. It was about communication.


He then passed this ophidian head on to the goddess Athena, who also used it as a weapon: Archived from the original on 8 June She has published numerous essays, playwrights, novels, poems and literary criticism. I learnt how to craft beautiful, impregnable chains of logic. It is the Hour of the Medusa in the Americas.

I write the dys-symphony of my body. By censoring women’s writing the female body was also censored. Views Read Edit View history. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

How could a woman so well-trodden muster a laugh? My sexuality was about the interplay of mind, body and heart times two. We are two French writers who cultivate a strange relationship, or a strangely familiar relationship with the French language — at once more translated and more untranslatable than many a French author.

Uh not to be sexist but I hate unconventional writing styles so in turn I hate feminine writing and thus this piece I don’t even rly have a fully formed opinion on her thesis I just hated the writing style. May 11, Carolyn rated it really liked it. She instructs women to use writing as a means of authority. So I became strong. The paternal ‘discipline’, the schoolyard tousles and torments – every day new, more ingenious versions.

She defines the Logic of Antilove as the self-hatred women have, “they have made for women an antinarcissism! He lived the only life he knew, the only world, but it was a world from which I was precluded by my own ‘I-hood’.