Hélèn Cixous


Bibliography: complete
Johns Hopkins Guide
Stanford Presidential Lectures
"The Laugh of Medusa" (Mary Klages)
Feminist Theory Website
Selected Texts on Cixous
Guardian of Language: Interview


“Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.” (“The Laugh of the Medusa”)

“Writing: as if I had the urge to go on enjoying, to feel full, to push, to feel the force of my muscles, and my harmony, to be pregnant and at the same time to give myself the joys of parturition, the joys of both the mother and the child. To give birth to myself and to nurse myself, too. Life summons life. Pleasure seeks renewal.” (“Coming to Writing”)

“Myth ends up having our hides. Logos opens up its great maw and swallows us whole.” (“Coming to Writing”)

Select Bibliography

  • Coming to Writing and Other Essays (1991)
  • "The Laugh of the Medusa" Trans. Keith Cohen and Paula Cohen. Signs 1 (1976): 875-93.
  • Angst (1977)
  • Sortie (1975)
  • The Newly Born Woman with Catherine Clement (1975).
  • Souffles (1975)