Hélène Cixous: Le Jour où je n'étais pas là [The Day I Wasn't There]

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Hélène Cixous's Le jour où je n'étais pas là [The Day I Was Not There] is one of a number of her recent fictions that returns the author to her Algerian background. In common with Les rêveries de la femme sauvage: Scènes primitives[Dreamings of the Wild Woman: Primitive Scenes], which was published in the same year, one of the starting points for Le jour où je n'étais pas là was the wealth of material Cixous uncovered as she began to question her mother, Eve Cixous, about the maternity clinic she ran in Algiers following the tragic death from tuberculosis at the age of 39 of Hélène Cixous's father, Georges Cixous, in 1948. As the enterprise of a German Jew married to a French Jew disbarred f…

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Citation:
Sellers, Susan. "Le Jour où je n'étais pas là". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2003
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