We’re delighted to welcome Helene Cixous, one of the world’s leading writers and thinkers.
Helene Cixous is a professor, feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. She is the founder and former director of the Centre de Recherches en Études Féminines at Paris VIII University and the author of numerous notable works, including The Laugh of the Medusa, Stigmata, Reveries of the Wild Woman, and Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint.
For this event, Helene Cixous will be focusing on her new novel, Twists and Turns in the Heart’s Antarctic, a compelling new volume in her search for lost time. Twists and Turns, like all Helene Cixous’s books, is a many-faceted text, whose narrative spins its webs in corners familiar to her readers: corners with books and writers – Montaigne, Proust, Kafka, Derrida; a theatre and plays; friendship, and love. It is a tale on the scale of Greek myth, about the inescapable entanglements of family relationships that can lead one, in hyperbolic mode, to envision murder and suicide, for, as Cixous writes, “with love’s force one hates”. And yet, “everything twists and turns”: this is a tale with profoundly touching reversals.
Helene Cixous will be joined by her translator, Beverley Bie Brahic. Beverley Bie Brahic is a translator and poet whose work has appeared in Field, Literary Imagination, Notre Dame Review, The Southern Review, The TLS, and elsewhere. White Sheets was published in 2012. Beverley Bie Brahic’s translations include Guillaume Apollinaire, The Little Auto and Francis Ponge, Unfinished Ode to Mud. Her translations of Hélène Cixous include Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint, Hyperdream and, most recently, Twists and Turns in the Heart’s Antarctic.
This event will be chaired by literary journalist Gladys Marivat.