CONNECTIONS: LINKS TO RELATED FIELDS
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
Examples of lists within Spoon:
An electronic forum for discussion and experimentation
rooted in the works of writers who, taken as a loosely-cohering
group, constitute French feminist thought.
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:
An electronic forum that links contributors, editors,
and readers of the journal Philosophy and Literature.
An E-conference devoted to a discussion of Jacques
Derrida and deconstruction.
HUMANITIES AT STANFORD
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