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Among the many intellectual relationships between speakers in the Presidential lecture series, one stands out as particularly close. It is a connection grounded in friendship as well, dating from 1962 when Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous first met in Paris. Their shared backgrounds and common interest in James Joyce led to frequent convergence of thought in other areas over the years, from complementary conceptions of "différence" to their engagement in political causes. Members of Mitterandıs first Commission Nationale des Lettres in the early 1980s, they have also been paired as lecturers, notably in the Lectures de la différence sexuelle at the University of Paris VIII(1990), and have recently co-authored a book, Voiles (Paris: Galilée, 1998).
Presidential Lectures site about Hélène Cixous.
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