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Veils PDF, ePub eBook Something of a historical event, this book combines loosely "autobiographical" texts by two of the most influential French intellectuals of our time. "Savoir," by Hélène Cixous, is a brief but densely layered account of her experience of recovered sight after a lifetime of severe myopia, an experience that ends with the unexpected turn of grieving for what is lost. Her lit Something of a historical event, this book combines loosely "autobiographical" texts by two of the most influential French intellectuals of our time. "Savoir," by Hélène Cixous, is a brief but densely layered account of her experience of recovered sight after a lifetime of severe myopia, an experience that ends with the unexpected turn of grieving for what is lost. Her literary inventiveness mines the coincidence in French between the two verbs savoir (to know) and voir (to see). Jacques Derrida's "A Silkworm of One's Own" complexly muses on a host of autobiographical, philosophical, and religious motifs—including his varied responses to "Savoir." The two texts are accompanied by six beautiful and evocative drawings that play on the theme of drapery over portions of the body. Veils suspends sexual difference between two homonyms: la voile (sail) and le voile (veil). A whole history of sexual difference is enveloped, sometimes dissimulated here—in the folds of sails and veils and in the turns, journeys, and returns of their metaphors and metonymies. However foreign to each other they may appear, however autonomous they may be, the two texts participate in a common genre: autobiography, confession, memoirs. The future also enters in: by opening to each other, the two discourses confide what is about to happen, the imminence of an event lacking any common measure with them or with anything else, an operation that restores sight and plunges into mourning the knowledge of the previous night, a "verdict" whose threatening secret remains out of reach by our knowledge.

30 review for Veils

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    Cixous: ***** Derrida: ..??

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    This Cixous at her best. The writing couldn't be better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Derek Brown

    “The silkworm butterfly above the cocoon, that is, a poem.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    It's interesting to see the dialogue between Cixous and Derrida in this volume. Cixous gives an account of the restoration of her sight after an eye operation, but mourns this new clarity because 'her myopia was her own foreigner, her own accidental necessary weakness' (p. 10). Derrida uses Cixous' account as a jumping off place for a discussion of veils and folds, clarity and myopia when it comes to how we view or know the world. I found his engagement with Freud's essay on 'Femininity' especia It's interesting to see the dialogue between Cixous and Derrida in this volume. Cixous gives an account of the restoration of her sight after an eye operation, but mourns this new clarity because 'her myopia was her own foreigner, her own accidental necessary weakness' (p. 10). Derrida uses Cixous' account as a jumping off place for a discussion of veils and folds, clarity and myopia when it comes to how we view or know the world. I found his engagement with Freud's essay on 'Femininity' especially interesting

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven Felicelli

    Cixous = 5 stars Derrida = 2 1/2 stars Cixous' contribution is pure poetry - really beautiful, evocative piece of writing - Derrida's is the usual jargon-laden merry-go-round - with a couple startling passages on the silkworm I recommend the first half of the book - and last two pages of Derrida's

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    Farren

    Will read again and again and again and again

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