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Hélène Cixous, Rootprints: Memory and Life Writing

TL;DR: The Rootprints collection as discussed by the authors is an excellent introduction to Cixous's theory and her fiction, tracing her development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable prespicacity and electrifying poetic force are known world-wide.
Abstract: Helene Cixous is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and innovative contemporary thinkers. Published here in English for the first time Helene Cixous, Rootprints is an ideal introduction to Cixous's theory and her fiction, tracing her development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable prespicacity and electrifying poetic force are known world-wide. Unprecedented in its form and content this collection breaks new ground in the theory and practice of auto/biography. Cixous's creative reflections on the past provide occasion for scintillating forays into the future. The text includes: * an extended interview between Cixous and Calle-Gruber, exploring Cixous's creative and intellectual processes * a revealing collection of photographs taken from Cixous's family album, set against a poetic reflection by the author * selections from Cixous's private notebooks * a contribution by Jacques Derrida * original 'thing-pieces' by Calle-Gruber.
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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors describe the work of their recently published book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives, and show how they use theory to think with their data (and use data to Think with theory) in order to accomplish a reading of data that is both within and against interpretivism.
Abstract: In this article, the authors describe the work of their recently published book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives. The purpose of this article is to show how they use theory to think with their data (and use data to think with theory) in order to accomplish a reading of data that is both within and against interpretivism. The authors put to use a concept picked up from Deleuze and Guattari to capture their thinking with theory in qualitative research: “plugging in.” They engage “plugging in” as a machinic process that works against conventional coding in qualitative data interpretation and analysis by explaining and enacting the methodological maneuvers taken up in their thinking with theory. The authors conclude that “plugging in” positions both data and theory as machines and reveals both their supple substance and their machinic potential to interrupt and transform other machines, other data, and other knowledge projects.

308 citations


Cites background from "Hélène Cixous, Rootprints: Memory a..."

  • ...We can go to Derrida (1972): “Determined and dated, this is a reading of the work in which I find myself engaged: which therefore is no more my own than it remains arrested here....

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  • ...As Cixous and Calle-Gruber (1997) wrote, “all narratives tell one story in place of another story” (p. 178)....

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31 May 2006
TL;DR: In this paper, an einfuhrender Uberblick in der zentrale Charakteristika eines hermeneutischen Ansatzes gegeben.
Abstract: Hermeneutik bietet ein breites Repertoire insbesondere fur diejenigen, die sich fur qualitative Forschung interessieren und textuelle oder interpretative Untersuchungen durchfuhren. Zugleich erachten viele nordamerikanische Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler Texte uber Hermeneutik oft als schwer lesbar, dies vor allem, wenn sie mit der kontinentalen philosophischen Tradition nicht oder nur wenig vertraut sind. In diesem Beitrag wird – Bezug nehmend auf Hans Georg GADAMER und andere hermeneutische Denker – ein einfuhrender Uberblick uber funf zentrale Charakteristika eines hermeneutischen Ansatzes gegeben. Dabei wird zu zeigen versucht, dass Hermeneutik gut mit einem kritischen Ansatz vereinbar ist, und eine Konzeptualisierung einer kritischen Hermeneutik wird vorgeschlagen, denn beide, Hermeneutik und kritische Hermeneutik, betonen den interpretativen Akt des Verstehens und sind fur qualitative Forschung essentiell. Zum weiteren Dialog und Austausch uber diesen Vorschlag wird eingeladen. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0603190

252 citations

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TL;DR: The authors suggest that it is not helpful to assist researchers in learning how to write down their reflections or "how to write up" their results, and instead, what should be more helpful is to learn how to learn to be attentive to other voices, to subtle significations in the way things and others speak to us.
Abstract: Have you ever said this or heard someone say this: "I have done all of my data analysis--I just have to write it down." Or, "I just have to write it up"? I will suggest that within the context of phenomenological inquiry, it is not necessarily helpful to try to assist researchers learning "how to write down" their reflections or "how to write up" their results. What should be more helpful is learning "how to write." Qualitative writing may be seen as an active struggle for understanding and recognition of the lived meanings of the lifeworld, and this writing also possesses passive and receptive rhetoric dimensions. It requires that we be attentive to other voices, to subtle significations in the way that things and others speak to us. In part, this is achieved through contact with the words of others. These words need to touch us, guide us, stir us.

208 citations

01 Jan 2015
Abstract: In this article, the authors examine the concept and practices of subjectification; that is, the processes through which we are subjected, and actively take up as our own the terms of our subjection. They use Judith Butler's theorising of subjection both as a starting point for working with their own memories of being subjected in school settings, and as the theoretical basis of their analysis of subjectification. Their method of working, which they refer to as collective biography, is derived from Haug et al. 's methods developed in Female Sexualization . Their memories focus on aspects of the achievement of the individual, appropriate(d) schoolgirl subject who simultaneously constitutes herself and is constituted through discourse. They analyse the illusion of autonomy through which modern subjects are made possible, and the inevitable ambivalence that is experienced as schoolgirls take themselves up appropriately within the possibilities made available to them. Through re-membering their own pasts, and the embodied and emotional detail through which we became (and go on becoming) subjects, they open up for inspection the contradictory ground of the humanist subject, and in particular the feminine humanist subject, as it is achieved in educational settings.

182 citations

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Abstract: In this article, the authors examine the concept and practices of subjectification; that is, the processes through which we are subjected, and actively take up as our own the terms of our subjection. They use Judith Butler's theorising of subjection both as a starting point for working with their own memories of being subjected in school settings, and as the theoretical basis of their analysis of subjectification. Their method of working, which they refer to as collective biography, is derived from Haug et al. 's methods developed in Female Sexualization . Their memories focus on aspects of the achievement of the individual, appropriate(d) schoolgirl subject who simultaneously constitutes herself and is constituted through discourse. They analyse the illusion of autonomy through which modern subjects are made possible, and the inevitable ambivalence that is experienced as schoolgirls take themselves up appropriately within the possibilities made available to them. Through re-membering their own pasts, and...

169 citations