Politics, Ethics and Performance: Hélène Cixous and the Théâtre du Soleil is a collection of essays by French feminist poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous. The collection is an important contribution to Cixous’ critical thinking on theatre and performance from 1985 to 2014. Cixous’ performative and poetic mode of writing explores the relationship between theatrical performance and contemporary politics. It challenges readers to confront some of the greatest ethical dilemmas of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such as the treatment of refugees by Western governments, the aestheticisation of violence in art and the role of theatre and performance in political activism. The essays appear in English translation alongside the original French.
About the Author
Hélène Cixous was the cofounder of Paris VIII University where she set up the first ever women’s studies PhD programme in Europe. She is a novelist, playwright, poet, literary critic and philosopher best known for her creation of ‘écriture féminine’,
a ‘feminine’ mode of writing.
Lara Stevens holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Melbourne and was the Hugh Williamson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne in 2014. She is the author of Anti-War Theatre After Brecht: Dialectical aesthetics in the twenty-first century (Palgrave Macmillan).