Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Hardcover)
CIXOUS, IRIGARAY, KRISTEVA
THE JOUISSANCE OF FRENCH FEMINISM
By Kelly Ives
This book is a poetic study of three French feminists, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva and H l ne Cixous, the 'holy trinity' of French feminism. Cixous, Luce Irigaray and Kristeva have created some of the most inspiring, insightful and illuminating writing on contemporary feminism and philosophy.
EXTRACT FROM THE INTRODUCTION
H l ne Cixous, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva all have different modes of writing. There are times when they are writing in the sober, tones of a cultural critic, philosopher or psychoanalyst. They have strident feminist voices (Cixous and Irigaray more than Kristeva). They are personal reminiscence modes. They have a relaxed, informal mode in interviews. And, most powerful of all, they have lyrical modes. Thus, Cixous, the most 'poetic' of the three, will break into a visionary, ultra-lyrical way of writing.
Luce Irigaray, too, changes, less frequently than H l ne Cixous, from a critical to a lyrical form. Thus, in a piece such as "When Our Lips Speak Together", Irigaray will write poetic sentences such as 'Kiss me. Two lips kiss two lips, and openness is ours again.' This is the kind of phrase which never appears in most cultural theorists outside of quotation marks. One doesn't find Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes or Jean-Paul Sartre writing 'kiss me' very often.
What marks H l ne Cixous, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva apart from many cultural theorists and philosophers, then, is this personal, confessional and poetic way of writing, where they directly address the reader as the other, the 'you' in an intimate relationship. Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, and Jakobson are rarely, if ever, this personal.
KELLY IVES has written widely on feminism, philosophy and art. Her previous books include Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism, Julia Kristeva, H l ne Cixous and Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism and H l ne Cixous.
REVISED AND UPDATED, WITH NEW ILLUSTRATIONS. The text has been revised once more and updated for this fifth edition. Illustrated, with a revised text. European Writers Series. Bibliography and notes. 208pp. Also available in paperback. www.crmoon.com
REVIEW ON AMAZON:
This text offers a useful introductory overview... it certainly provides a reasonably clear summary. To its credit this book is accessible, ideal for first time students looking for ideas.