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By Hélène Cixous

A brand new assortment from the most recognized and influential French theorists.

These 15 essays – 6 formerly unpublished even in French and five released in English for the 1st time – span approximately forty years of Cixous’ writing. right here, she levels over literature, philosophy, politics and tradition in what she calls her ‘autobibliography’.

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Freud’s theoretical work is concerned with the quality of the fear. Attention is thus focused on this strong and obscure sentiment which is the strangeness of the anxiety [l’étrange de l’inquiétude]: the lure of the enigmatic. What lies on the other side of castration? ‘No meaning’ other than the fear of (resistance to) castration. It is this no-other-meaning (Keine andere Bedeutung) which presents itself anew (despite our wish to outplay it) in the infinite game of substitutions, through which what constitutes the elusive moment of fear returns and eclipses itself again.

The effect can be multiplied by the interruption in the contract between author and reader, a ‘revolting’ procedure on the author’s part, which leaves us to wander until the end, without any defence against the Unheimliche. This is only possible provided the Overcome is never completely overcome. The impossible could then represent itself as the possible (let us distinguish here between absence in reality through impossibility and absence through death). The impossible is not death, and death is not impossible.

Because of its alliance with scientific uncertainty and primitive thought. ‘Death’ does not have any form in life. Our unconscious makes no place ‘for the representation of our mortality’. As an impossible representation, death is that which mimes, by this very impossibility, a reality of death. It goes even further. Signifier without signified. Absolute secret, absolutely new, which should remain hidden, because if it shows itself to me, it means that I am dead: only the dead know the secret of death.

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