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General literary theory || Feminist theory || Listservs and newsgroups


This section contains Internet sites in several fields that are related or tangential to the work of Hélène Cixous. While literary theory and feminist causes have never been her only concerns, the range of online resources in these fields indicates a phenomenon in itself. The connections to Cixous found in these links indicate the effects of her writing not just in these spheres of reading and subsequent discussion, but also relate in many instances to other aspects of her writing. Some sites have begun to construct internal sections on individual authors, including several on Cixous that are still in preliminary stages.


GENERAL LITERARY THEORY

The UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource
Developed in conjunction with the University's Critical Theory Institute and the Annual Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory Series, it contains extensive scholarly bibliographies that can be browsed and searched. Hélène Cixous lectured in this series in 1990, leading to the collection Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).

Voice of the Shuttle (VoS) Alan Liu, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
A key metasite for literature and literary theory, VoS organizes a wide range of material, with links to electronic resources within the humanities and related social sciences. Separate sections begin with "Highlights" of new or important sites. The net is cast broadly enough to include course-related sites such as that maintained by Warren Hedges and his students: SWIRL: Your Guide to Post-Millennial Paradigms complete with taxonomies, timelines, definitions, and a touch of parody.

Jacques Derrida Online
Part of "Writing in Reserve: Deconstruction on the Net." Includes the Derrida archive from discussions in a related "Fanzine" as well as a large bibliography that is still in progress.


FEMINIST THEORY


Feminist Theory Website
(Be patient; this site slow to download.)
Still in an early stage of construction, this site is developed by Kristin Switala and associates at the University of Tennessee. Its taxonomy is helpful, and for some writers and movements there is extensive information and bibliography. Within the heading Literary Criticism/Theory is a section on Hélène Cixous

Women's Studies & Feminist Theory
A section within Voice of the Shuttle, described above.

Women's Studies: Feminist Theory (University of Iowa)
Offers helpful orientation in several areas and has begun constructing a section on French Feminist Theory.

Contemporary Women's Issues
Available via the Web to the Stanford community, this site provides full text access to global information on women's studies derived from journals, newsletters, and research reports. It can be searched by author and keyword, and turns up useful articles on the work of Cixous and of other French theorists.

Foyer WIF
Includes the newsletter of Women In French (WIF), an organization promoting research on women writing in French, on women in literature and culture of French expression, and other domains of feminist literary criticism. An additional purpose of the organization is to share information and concerns about the status of women in higher education in the United States. The site includes a section on calls to action ("agir"), where, in 1996, Hélène Cixous made an appeal for support of women's studies at the University of Paris VIII. Urgent action was needed to help prevent termination of the doctoral program (D.E.A. d'Etudes féminines). Her response expresses gratitude for support in a successful effort.

Women's studies at the Université de Paris XVII
Information on the CEDREF (Centre d'Enseignement, de Documentation et de Recherches pour les Etudes Féministes) includes lists of courses in a variety of departments, names of professors, and other information on a program of study within another division of the University of Paris.


LISTSERVS AND NEWSGROUPS


Spoon Collective (University of Virginia)
Includes discussion groups (and sometimes associated general sites) devoted to free and open discussion of issues in contemporary literary theory and philosophy. Subscription information is provided for each, along with archives files in most cases. It is possible to search the database for material under the keyword "Cixous."

Examples of lists within Spoon:

French-Feminism
An electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted in the works of writers who, taken as a loosely-cohering group, constitute French feminist thought.

Women-Writing-Culture
The focus is on ethnography and anthropology and the challenges and problems encountered as scholars in those fields "write culture" or even "write against culture."

Other relevant discussion groups:

PHIL-LIT
An electronic forum that links contributors, editors, and readers of the journal Philosophy and Literature.

DERRIDA@CFRVM
An E-conference devoted to a discussion of Jacques Derrida and deconstruction.






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