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Nicky Coutts

Vets have a tendency towards suicide. Or so Hélène Cixous proposes recounting seven vets who took their own lives over just a three-year period in her local area. 1 In notebooks, not originally intended for distribution, she tells the story of how the dark hair of a 35-year-old vet turned to white overnight following the violent suicide of his

in Perspectives on contemporary printmaking
Ruth Pelzer-Montada

other technologies. Ingeniously linking French suicidal vets, Saint Anthony, Padre Pio – a twentieth-century Catholic saint – and Hillary Clinton, as well as citing such diverse thinkers as Hélène Cixous, Elias Canetti, Walter Benjamin, Gustave Flaubert and Hito Steyerl, Coutts diagnoses our loss – through reproductive technologies – of a fixed and stable physical location as a

in Perspectives on contemporary printmaking
Anne Ring Petersen

vision and imagery.73 Laying ownership to and toying with it is also what Banerjee does with the Orient as a Western system of representation in which the East is often conceived of as the inferior, sensual and eccentric Other, displaying a feminine penetrability while passively awaiting conquest by a masculine West.74 In a noteworthy comparison, Laura Steward has likened Banerjee’s way of expressing herself to the feminist writing or écriture féminine (‘women’s writing’) of Hélène Cixous and Julia Kristeva. As protagonists of a strand of feminist theory that

in Migration into art
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Peter Barry

minutiae of personal experience. Indeed, the French theorists often deal with concerns other than literature: they write about language, representation, and psychology as such and often travel through detailed treatments of major philosophical issues of this kind before coming to the literary text itself. The major figures on this ‘French’ side of the divide are Julia Kristeva (actually Bulgarian, though regarded abroad – as she has ruefully said – as a kind of embodiment of French intellectualism), Hélène Cixous (Algerian-born), and Luce Irigaray. All three are best

in Beginning theory (fourth edition)
Mark Robson

– if one discounts Lucky’s “thinking” rant in Waiting for Godot ’. 33 Foucault’s response to theatre cannot be attributed to the experience of seeing Beckett alone. Foucault was also an admirer and later friend of Jean Genet, for example, and became close to Hélène Cixous at Vincennes. 34 Foucault did not write very much directly on theatre and performance, but the

in Foucault’s theatres
Peter Barry

discourse is immediately apparent. Similarly in all three, the surface of the writing is difficult and the route through to any consequent political action (or stance, even) is necessarily indirect. This kind of postcolonial criticism roughly corresponds, then, to the theoreticised ‘French’ feminist criticism associated with figures like Julia Kristeva or Hélène Cixous. The example of postcolonial criticism offered later is from the work of Edward Said, who is less overtly theoretical, seems to accept some of the premises of liberal humanism, and has a more ‘up

in Beginning theory (fourth edition)