The Laugh of the Medusa and the Ticks of Postmodern Feminism: Helen Cixous and the Poetics of Desire

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v1i1.20

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Postmodernism, Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, Cultural Theory, Semiotics, Lacan, Derida

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This paper aims to explore Helen Cixous’ postmodernist trends in her formulations of a new form of writing known as ecriture feminine. The paper attempts to validate the view that Cixous’ “The Laugh of the Medusa” is regarded as the manifesto of postmodern feminism. This is done by attempting a critical discourse analysis of Cixous' narrative of ecriture feminine. Deploying a multifaceted-framework, ranging from postmodernism to psychoanalysis through poststructuralist theory and semiotics, the study reveals Cixous' metamorphosing and diversified trend of feminist writing that transposes the subversion of patriarchy into a rather bio-textual feminism, known as bisexuality. The paper highlights the significance of Cixous’ essay as a benchmark of postmodern feminism.

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2019-06-30

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Al-Mahfedi, M. (2019). The Laugh of the Medusa and the Ticks of Postmodern Feminism: Helen Cixous and the Poetics of Desire. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 1(1), 54–63. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v1i1.20

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