Nicole Ward Jouve (essay date 1999)
SOURCE: Jouve, Nicole Ward. “Hélène Cixous across the Atlantic: The Medusa as Projection?” In Traveling Theory: France and the United States, edited by Ieme van der Poel and Sophie Bertho, pp. 99-113. Madison, N.J., and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Associated University Presses, 1999.
[In the following essay, Jouve discusses Hélène Cixous's theories regarding feminine identity—particularly as expressed in the essay “The Laugh of the Medusa”—and notes how Cixous's critical writings have often been misread or misinterpreted in the United States and abroad.]
In the last thirty years or so, America got used to importing, or shooting, the...
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