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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Le noir est dangereux. But first it must be said that […] there is, at this time, no general woman, no one typical woman.

If I must, I can accept that as ‘man’, I write ‘man’, but mine is a dialect that as yet even I hardly recognize. Want to Read saving…. I feel too good to read it. The way that Cixous compels women to write is too persuasive–she makes me feel guilty for not writing more! Dangerous, dark, obscure, unknown. Som tar plats och som uppmanar. Conventional man says I must be masculine; do men’s things; hide my fear; gloss over it with bluff and long sentences.

In her seminal work “The Laugh of the Medusa” feminist thinker Helene Cixous deals with the topic of feminine writing. Meeusa with Luce Irigaray and Julia KristevaCixous is considered one of the mothers of poststructuralist feminist theory.


In Derrida’s family “one never said ‘circumcision’ but ‘baptism,’ not ‘Bar Mitzvah’ but ‘communion.

OranFrench Algeria. Cultural Holidays May 28, at 4: There is a passionate, mystic energy to this piece.

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

Through deconstructionDerrida employed the term logocentrism which was not his coinage. I enjoyed it a lot and I think her own voice is the feminine voice she is talking about.

In she was appointed as A. Real men play football and laugh and shout and boast. Queer is a torsiona twist. But Reason gave me arguments, not answers. Continental philosophy French feminism [1].

Here’s my favorite quote: Be the first to ask a question about The Laugh of the Medusa. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Women should help and advocate for other women! Cixous rewrites the Medusa as an embodiment of this feminine economy that hepene a jouissance, or intense intellectual and physical pleasure, that results from this interaction with alterity that questions definitions of gender, sex and sexuality and even race, if we read closely into the color politics interwoven in the epigraph.

The Laugh of the Medusa

This text is situated in a history of feminist conversations that separated women in terms of their gender and women in terms of authorship. Her encounter with misogyny is without a doubt sharper than compared to others. Oct 19, Anushka rated it really liked it Shelves: University of Nebraska Press.


Quotes from The Laugh of the This is why Cixous thinks she has the potential to take apart a unified, hegemonic and organized thinking heene history. A woman can write from a position that no man can have. Women must utilize this power that is cixoua innate and permeating in order to create her new history.

Jun 05, Eftihia S. Women cannot avoid using men’s language according to Cixous, but they should not be driven back by this. We are more rooted in the French language than those with ancestral roots in this culture and this land. It gave me the words to regroup and attack or deflect, but not to embrace.

So I became strong.

Nov 05, skylar rated it really liked it. If they call it “female voice”, so be it!