Hélène Cixous

Hélène Cixous is one of the most distinctive and influential figures of poststructuralist feminism as well as being a figure of enormous significance in contemporary French literature, rhetoric and letters. Born in French Algeria to Jewish parents, she rose to prominence in the 1970s as a startlingly fresh and incisive theoretical voice, blending literature, philosophy, personal meditation and intense stylistic sophistication into a potent synthesis that fundamentally changed the way that we think about sexuality, language and identity. Gaining a reputation as the most literary of contemporary philosophers or the most philosophical of contemporary writers, her work continues to defy categorisation, inspiring generations of feminist theorists with its uncompromising authenticity and intellectual ingenuity. Polity has published a dozen works by Cixous, giving the English-speaking world an urgent and important insight into the continuing journey of this most original mind.