Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same tome. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.
-Helene Cixous “Laugh of the Medusa”
Let yourself go! Let go of everything! Lose everything! Take to the air. Take to the open sea. Take to letters. Listen: nothing is found. Nothing is lost everything remains to be sought. Go, fly, swim, bound, descend, cross, love the unknown, love the uncertain, love what has not yet been seen, love no one, whom you are, whom you will be, leave yourself, shrug off the old lies, dare what you don’t dare, it is there that you will take pleasure, never make your here anywhere but there, and rejoice in the terror, follow it where you’re afraid to go, go ahead, take the plunge, you’re on the right trail. Listen you owe nothing to the past, you owe nothing to the law. Gain your freedom: get rid of anything, vomit up everything, give up everything. Give up absolutely everything, do you hear me? All of it! Give up your goods. Done? Don’t keep anything whatever you value, give it up. Are you with me? Search yourself, seek out the shattered, the multiple I, that you will still be further on, and merge from one self, shed the old body, shake off the Law. Let it fall with all its weight, and you, take off, don’t turn back: it’s not worth it, there’s nothing behind you, everything is yet to come.
One can emerge from death, I believe, only with an irrepressible burst of laughter.
– Hélène Cixous, “Coming to Writing”
Where is she ?
Form, convex, step, advance, semen, progress
Matter, concave, ground-where steps are taken, holding-and dumping ground
-Helene Cixous: Sorties: The Newly Born Woman pages 63-5
In this meeting we will be discussing the following two texts and looking at any creative work generated by the group that has been inspired from reading Helene Cixous work.
The Laugh of the Medusa
Life Makes Text from my Body: A reading of Helene Cixous “La Venue l’ecriture by Sissel Lie. “Helene Cixous: Critical Impressions”