Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing

ISBN-10: 0231076592

ISBN-13: 9780231076593

Edition: 1993

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Three Steps on the Ladder of Writingis a poetic, insightful, and ultimately moving exploration of 'the strange science of writing.' In a magnetic, irresistible narrative, Cixous reflects on the writing process and explores three distinct areas essential for 'great' writing: The School of the Dead-- the notion that something or someone must die in order for good writing to be born; The School of Dreams-- the crucial role dreams play in literary inspiration and output; and The School of Roots-- the importance of depth in the 'nether realms' in all aspects of writing. Cixous's love of language and passion for the written word is evident on every page. Her emotive style draws heavily on the writers she most admires: the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, the Austrian novelists Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, Dostoyevsky and, most of all, Kafka.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/22/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 174
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Born in 1937 in Algeria, Helene Cixous came to Paris, where she is currently professor of English, in 1955. After a dissertation on James Joyce, The Exile of James Joyce (1968), she began to publish novels, critical essays, and plays, most notably Le Portrait de Dora (1976), a feminist retelling of a Freudian case history. Jacques Derrida has named Helene Cixous the greatest contemporary French writer. Cixous has been an active participant in the development of literary criticism after structuralism and has been a leading figure in the French feminist movement.

The School of the Dead
The School of Dreams
The School of Roots
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