Reveries of the wild woman : primal scenes

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Full title: Reveries of the wild woman : primal scenes / Hélène Cixous ; translated from the French by Beverley Bie Brahic.
Alternative titles: Rêveries de la femme sauvage. English
Main author: Cixous, Hélène, 1937-
Other authors: Brahic, Beverley Bie.
Format: Book           


Summary: "Born to an Algerian-French father and a German mother, both Jews, Helene Cixous experienced a childhood fraught with racial and gender crises. In this moving story she recounts how small domestic events - a new dog, the gift of a bicycle - reverberate decades later with social and psychological meaning. The story's protagonist, whose life resembles that of the author, endures a double alienation: from Algerians because she is French and from the French because she is Jewish. The isolation and exclusion Cixous and her family feel, especially under the Vichy government and during the Algerian War of independence, underpin this heartbreaking but also warmly human and often funny story.
The author-narrator concedes that memories of Algeria awaken in her longings for the sights, sounds, and smells of her home country and ponders how that stormy relationship has influenced her life and thought. A meditation on postcolonial identity and gender, Reveries of the Wild Woman is also a poignant recollection of how childhood is author to the woman."--Jacket.
Other authors: Brahic, Beverley Bie.
Language: English
French
Published: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2006.
Classmark: UX840.3CIX /531364
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Series: AGM collection.
ISBN: 9780810123632
0810123630