""Rootprints generates further, infinitely open-ended, questions, or a dialogue between two contemporary women authors that is also an intimate conversation between two kindred souls on some of art or life's most vital concerns (for example; love, desire, death, mourning, and creativity)."-"Hypatia, Fall 2002 ""Rootprints is a most important book, which should prompt younger readers and new scholars to approach Cixous's works from a more diversified viewpoint.."-"University of Toronto Quarterly "In these edited dialogs, Cixous, known in the English-speaking world chiefly as a literary theorist and political activist, is given an opportunity to chat about her fiction, theater, and, most interesting of all, her family...Cixous came from a family of German-speaking Central European Jews who settled in Algeria. Her father was a physician and her mother a midwife in Oran, the site of Camus's "The Plague. This work is truly indispensible for filling in the gaps of Cixous's imaginative biograohy of her father...Effectively translated, this is rcommended for larger public and academic collections."-"Library Journal, 1 September 1997
Helene Cixous is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and innovative contemporary thinkers. Published here in English for the first time, Hel D ne Cixous, Rootprints traces Cixous's development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable perspicacity and poetic force are known world-wide. This unique collection speaks with many voices and in different registers, allowing the reader myriad entries into the rich diversity of Cixous's works. At once profound and limpid, Rootprints is an ideal introduction to Cixous's theory and fiction, exploring such vital questions as sexual difference, literary theory, feminism, philosophy, self and other, death and life. It weaves together a broad range of documents: extended interview, critical essay, photographs from Cixous's family album, pages from her private notebooks, with a stunning poetico-biographical musing by the author, complete bio-bibliographical information and a contribution by Jacques Derrida. This book provides endless fascination for all those who wish to get to know the author, the professor, the political activist, the dreamer, the mother, the daughter, the analyst, the the thinker, the person named Hel D ne Cixous.