Examine Cixous’s notion of écriture féminine and the way it opens up a new “ Sorties: Out and Out: Attacks/Ways Out/Forays,” by Hélène Cixous, reprinted from . Feminism Essay by Helene Cixous “Sorties” Feminist literary theory is a Cixous ‘ other argument in the main part of her essay is about the masculine future. In this essay I examine Helne Cixous’s readings andfigurings of women in colonial In “Sorties,” a key essay in La jeune nee (Cixous ) Helene Cixous .

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As this passage demonstrates, what began as an inward journey of self-discovery has now turned into a journey that departs from the self and travels beyond it. Could the bed in fact come to represent the playground for the creative voices of the unconscious, rather than the scene of helrne silencing?

Female desire is not allowed to play an active role nor even to be expressed openly.

Hélène Cixous

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud established the initial theories which would serve as a basis for some of Cixous’ arguments in developmental psychology.

In order to deconstruct the logic of the symbolic order one needs to return to the pre-Oedipal. If we overlook the pervasive influence of such fairy tales within our literary and cultural history, this essay warns, we run the risk of helfne their seductive but dangerous fantasies turn into an inescapable reality.

Cixous explores how the female body is closely connected to female authorship. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Hélène Cixous – Wikipedia

From calling for the need for women to be awoken from their silent slumbers to coxous that they should instead be encouraged to delve deeper into the nocturnal world of their dreams, Cixous seems to be proposing yet another message in this essay. The feminine economy is based not on the proper and exclusion but on the gift. In other projects Wikimedia Helenne. She defines the Logic of Antilove as the self-hatred women have, “they have made for women an antinarcissism!


She urges women to explore the forests they have been forbidden from entering by participating in the exploratory practice of dreaming. Like other poststructuralist feminist theorists, Cixous believes that our sexuality is directly tied to how we communicate in society. Through deconstructionDerrida employed the term logocentrism which was not his coinage.

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Helene Cixous and Poststructuralist Feminist Theory

The story of the princesses who escape through the trap door in their bedroom cixius serves to illustrate this notion of descent as a journey towards enlightenment which must take place within the darkness of the night. Whereas her early works link the bed with sleep, silence, passivity, and death; her later writing focuses on the bed as a scene of rebirth.

The process of self-exploration, Cixous claims, will enable women to learn to listen to their inner voices, impulses, and desires. This awakening involves the liberation of the libidinal forces of the unconscious, enabling our bodily desires to be given voice to in language. One must walk as far as the night.

This essay demonstrates that writing for Cixous starts with embarking on a journey; a journey which begins in the bed, travels through the body, and voyages on into sortiea infinite expanses of the landscape of the unconscious that lie within.

Archived from the original on 8 June Her awakening does not realise her existence as a woman in her own right, but rather as the universal phantasy of a woman whose existence is only validated by her ability to remain desirable.


Each of the texts which I will discuss in this article presents a different view of what the bed can be seen to symbolise. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. In this essay, however, Cixous depicts the forest as a magical realm of travel and discovery.

Helene Cixous and Poststructuralist Feminist Theory | Literary Theory and Criticism

Please help by adding reliable sources. May the bed be seen instead as a place where such an exploration could take place? Most women who have awakened remember having slept, having been put to sleep. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

She describes vixous relationship with her own dreams in the most intimate and sensual terms, suggesting an exuberant lack of inhibition in her nightly explorations: The essay includes the argument that writing is a tool women must use to advocate for themselves in order to acquire the freedom women have historically been denied. Yet what does the bed signify in this parable for the pursuit of bodily pleasure? Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition.

Cixous refers to even male authors like Joyce helenf Jean Genet as writing this kind of ecriture feminine. Oxford University Press,