Hélène Cixous, Rootprints
Memory and Life Writing
Routledge – 1997 – 272 pages
Helene Cixous is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and innovative contemporary thinkers. Published here in English for the first time Helene Cixous, Rootprints is an ideal introduction to Cixous's theory and her fiction, tracing her development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable prespicacity and electrifying poetic force are known world-wide.
Unprecedented in its form and content this collection breaks new ground in the theory and practice of auto/biography. Cixous's creative reflections on the past provide occasion for scintillating forays into the future.
The text includes:
* an extended interview between Cixous and Calle-Gruber, exploring Cixous's creative and intellectual processes
* a revealing collection of photographs taken from Cixous's family album, set against a poetic reflection by the author
* selections from Cixous's private notebooks
* a contribution by Jacques Derrida
* original 'thing-pieces' by Calle-Gruber.
'I think you have to give Cixous' prose plenty of time; then it detonates in your brain … Well worth buying.' - Michele Roberts, The Independent
'A comprehensive introduction to Helene Cixous in all her diverse aspects.' - The Fawcett Library Newsletter
'She gives you a shattering sense of how, under conventional language, there rages something else altogether, which we too could discover if we cherish doubt and uncertainty.' - Michele Roberts, The Independent
'Well worth buying.' - Michele Roberts, The Independent
'Only a small number of books fall into the category of an introductory text which is sufficiently intelligent and lucid to be essential reading for a more informed audience. Rootprints belongs to that even more select group of texts: the essential introduction written by the primary source.' - New Formations
'It is brilliant; it is art…' - Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman
'Rootprints is a must for those already educated in feminism and is also a challenging introduction to Cixous'' world for the reader who comes to Cixous the first time through this book' - Edina Szalay, HJEAS
Helene Cixous is Professor of Literature at the University of Paris VIII. Mireille Calle-Grubar is Professor of French Literature at Queen's University, Ontario.