Clarice Lispector / Helene Cixous

Selected by Cyriaco Lopes (A '02)

As I was reading Clarice on the subway to our last meeting, Cixous seemed a natural choice for our next reading. If you have time, also try the short Clarice text, a bonus (one of my favorite works of art of all times). 

The Main Frame:

  • Is it possible to create artworks from the perspective of feminism (beyond it being enunciated directly)?


  • Écriture Feminine (wikepedia is good enough for us here. The text that we are reading is an enactment of that theory).

Possible framework for the reading:

  1. The comparison between Rilke and Clarice (‘roses’) seem to point to a parallel between phallocentric writing and feminist writing. What are their differences according to the text?
  2. What are the characteristics of Écriture Feminine as exemplified by Lispector work?
  3. The author uses Clarice Lispector as a study case and as a model. Could we use the same ideas that she applies to Lispector to think the visual arts? Which artists would be appropriate for that reading?



Cixous, Helene. "Clarice Lispector: The Approach - Letting Oneself (be) Read (by) Clarice Lispector - The Passion According to C.L."  Coming to Writing and Other Essays, translated by Deborah Jenson, 59-77. Harvard University Press, 1992.

Other Materials

The Egg and the Chicken’ by Clarice Lispector