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H.C. for Life, That Is to Say
 
 
Author
Jacques Derrida. Laurent Milesi & Stefan Herbrechter, trans.
Publisher Stanford University Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.45 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9780804754026
Pages/Publication Date 173/2006
Daedalus Item Code 36257
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In this literary critical recollection of his lifelong friendship with Hélène Cixous by Algerian-born French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the main theme of Derrida's reading here is that of "taking sides." While Cixous in her life and work takes the side of life, "for life," Derrida admits always feeling drawn to the side of death. H.C. for Life sets up and explores this ongoing philosophical debate between Derrida and Cixous as to what death has in store deep within life itself, before the end. In addition to being a memoir, it is also Derrida's tribute to the philosophical thought of the woman whom he regards as one of the great French poets, writers, and thinkers of our time.

"[This book] represents a vigorous volley within the series produced by the mutual provocation society of Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida. The particular provocation here—even more moving now that Derrida has gone—is his insistence that they fall on one side or the other of the question of life and death. She is for life, whereas for him one always dies in the end. Veritably incited, however, by Cixous' work, Derrida cannot avoid writing for her, on her side; and he cannot avoid provoking, in the sense of writing on behalf of, or on the side of her voice, reading and citing at length, playing off the polyphonic effects of a poetics that he considers to be among 'the most powerful and the most engaged in thinking in the history of literature'."—David Wills

 
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