Reading With Clarice Lispector (Theory and History of Literature)

By Helene Cixous

For Cixous, Lispector's paintings represents one of many best examples of ecriture female in that she practices, in writing , what Cixous is trying to find in her theoretical perform - the giving, spending and inscribing of enjoyment.

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It transforms the desk right into a slanting airplane. " It didn't position itself. anything placed itself beneath the egg. and the middleman is got rid of. The human middleman, with out whom the egg wouldn't be positioned, can also be got rid of. actual, the egg is often "a suspended factor. " that's the place one sees that the egg isn't really an egg. it's a greater than egg. there's a slippage until eventually the egg turns into the day, the kid, and, after all, the poultry. the nice legislations I accompany the egg to a different textual content, "Felicidade clandestina" (Secret happiness), which i didn't are looking to introduce instantaneously. If i don't supply it instantaneously, it really is out of affection. to not provide whatever immediately may be one of many definitions of affection. The textual content works at the subject of "not giving immediately. " it truly is actually the center of what preoccupies me and what should be known as the Ethics of the backyard of mystery Happiness. Kafka stated someplace in his Conversations that we are living in a interval that's so possessed through demons that quickly we'll now not be ready to do something solid and simply, other than less than the seal of secrecy, as though it have been a query of illegality. i need to enclose this message with bird feathers. Illegality might be secrecy, anything clandestine. The passage should be translated by means of being spliced with "The Egg and the Chicken," as within the Kafkaesque passage in regards to the brokers. The passage, bearing Clarice's mark even though the transposition, is Kafkaesque. Upon first analyzing, it is very mysterious and unreadable. The web page is actually clandestine. Its subject is quasi,illegal, follows one other legislations, demands one other interpreting, has a quasi,illegal topic. If we arrive at this passage from our personal inspiration of illegality, from the facet of what Kierkegaard calls the overall (i,e. , classical) ethical legislations. the passage is still closed. We needs to essay one other direction of one other seeming illegality, of one other legality, as a way to arrive at this web page. The legislations is ubiquitous. however it shouldn't be forgotten that the important message of Clarice and Kafka is that there are legislation. For Kierkegaard, what's referred to as commonly the "good legislations" isn't really sturdy within the absolute. the opposite legislation. the infrequent and totally solid legislation, might be undesirable for the final. it truly is by no means a query of being an outlaw — for that doesn't suggest whatever —no greater than of being an extraterrestrial. The query is raised by way of Clarice and through Kafka in several methods. Kafka is at the facet of depression, of defeat. Kafka's imaginative and prescient, in accordance with the truth of dissolution, of insanity, and of bureaucratic alienation in Austria, is undesirable legislations will win in this sort of manner that there'll be just one legislations. the paternal, repressive, punitive legislations, seeing that every thing for him is occurring within the experience of punishment, of castration. there's no felicity, no lifestyles, except one burrows holes. For Clarice, there's felicity. it really is positioned in a major, countless house during which Kafka didn't arrive. For Clarice, the great legislation exists. The without,law isn't sturdy. before everything of the eagerness based on G. H. , Clarice insists at the necessity of slicing the beef into items, of regulating whatever, of assigning a restrict to what's with out restrict.

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