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Compare Helene Cixouss position on womens writing with that of Virginia Woolf in A Room of Ones Own Do you think they would agree with each other Why or why not - which aspects seem similar which ones different and which ones may perhaps be seen as complimentary to each other in some way Lets do a hypothetical situation here Imagine Virginia Woolf and Helene Cixous in a room alone discussing womens writing and position in society This is something I would like to see I think that the conversation would be a highly animated one filled with anger disagreement and heartfelt unity Take Cixouss position on women saying that only through understanding ones body and the refusal to reject it can a woman truly write Saying that only at the end of patriarchy and the end of the Phallocentric culture we live in today can a woman write something that has meaning Without repression womans imaginary is inexhaustible like music painting writing Their stream of phantasm is incredible Laugh p246 Woolf claims that women can write under this system of repression as long as she has a space of her own Where she is uninterrupted by life outside that room Both Cixous and Woolf discuss the lack of womens writing in history Woolf talks about the lack of mothers women writers from the past She believes that this silence of her foremothers is a serious detriment to womens style of writing today Cixous does not directly mention this but some of the things she wrote leads one to believe that she agrees with Woolf on this point Just on the point of being discoveredmillennial ground to breakI refuse to strengthen them by repeating them Laugh p245 Women must put herself into the text - as into the world and into history Here I think she is saying that womens writing is a ground yet uncovered and her refusal to strengthen
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