GROUPE DE LECTURE CIXOUS – PARIS

Le groupe de lecture Hélène Cixous a été créé pour coïncider avec le projet Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest. C’est un projet public créé par Alexandra Grant en collaboration avec Hélène Cixous, qui se matérialise à Mains d’Oeuvres à Saint-Ouen d’août a septembre 2013. Le groupe lira des extraits choisis de l’œuvre d’Hélène Cixous – écrivain, dramaturge, philosophe.  Il est organisé par Alexandra Grant et Géraldine Gourbe.

CIXOUS READING GROUP – LOS ANGELES

The Cixous reading group was formed to coincide with the Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest, a participatory art project by Alexandra Grant in collaboration with Cixous to take place jointly at 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica) and Mains d’Oeuvres (Saint Ouen) in 2013.  The group has read select pieces from the oeuvre of Hélène Cixous – novelist, playwright, philosopher, epistolary writer — as well as other writers like Clarice Lispector and Jacques Derrida.

The Cixous reading group has it’s own website with calendar and readings here:

https://cixousreadinggroup.wordpress.com/

The Cixous read group meets every 2 weeks at different locations in Los Angeles and is facilitated by Robert Nashak and Cindy Rehm.

For questions about the Cixous Reading Group, contact Cindy Rehm at cindyrehm@gmail.com or Robert Nashak at rnashak@gmail.com

For the readings and locations, please scroll down.

FIRST MEETING – Sunday, 13 January 2013 from 4 to 6pm.

18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

The first reading, “Laugh of the Medusa,” is available here:

http://lavachequilit.typepad.com/files/cixous-read.pdf

SECOND MEETING – Sunday, 27 January 2013 from 4 to 6pm.

Lehrer Architects, 2140 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The reading is the essay “Coming to Writing” — available here in this collected book of essays:

http://dajialai.org/ziliao1/Radical%20books/Coming%20to%20Writing%20and%20Other%20Essays%200674144368.pdf

THIRD MEETING — Sunday, 10 February 2013 from 11am to 1pm.

Still Room, 850 S. Broadway #803, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The reading is Cixous’s essay “Clarice Lispector: The Approach” which is chapter two in “Coming to Writing and Other Essays” and Lispector’s short stories “The Egg and the Chicken” and “Temptation.”

FOURTH MEETING – Sunday, 24 February 2013 from 4 to 6pm.

Lehrer Architects, 2140 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

We’ll continue our exploration of Cixous’s interest (and ours) in Clarice Lispector’s work, with the following readings:

— the preface to “The Stream of Life” by Cixous, attached here: Stream of Life preface – Cixous

— “Agua Viva” — a new translation of “The Stream of Life” by Stefan Tobler, p. 1-40.

— “Lipstick Traces: Novelist Clarice Lispector’s radiant nothingness” by Rachel Kushner, in the December/January issue of Bookforum, available here:  www.bookforum.com/inprint/019_04/10575

FIFTH MEETING — 10 March 2013 from 4 to 6pm

We will continue to read Clarice Lispector’s Agua Viva for the fifth meeting of the Cixous reading group.

When: Sunday, March 10th, from 4-6pm

Location: Artist Zoe Crosher’s studio (www.zoecrosher.com).  Please RSVP for address: interiorforest@alexandragrant.com

Tea and cookies will be served.

Readings:

– The second half of “Agua Viva” — a new translation of “The Stream of Life” by Stefan Tobler, p. 41 – 88.  This is available for purchase at Skylight books in Los Feliz (www.skylightbooks.com) or at Amazon (www.amazon.com/%C3%81gua-Viva-New-Directions-Paperbook/dp/0811219909)

– Cixous’s essay “Agua viva: How to Follow a Trinket of Water” (1980-81) from “reading with Clarice Lispector,” University of Minnesota Press, 1990.  Available as a pdf here: Cixous – Agua Viva.

SIXTH MEETING — Sunday, 24 March 2013 from 4 to 6pm

For the 6th meeting of the Cixous reading group we’re going to read the essay “The Last Painting or Portrait of God,” which is in the collected book of essays, “Coming to Writing” available here: Cixous – Coming to Writing and Other Essays.

When and where: We are meeting Sunday, March 24th from 4-6pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (http://www.armoryarts.org/).

145 N Raymond Ave  Pasadena, CA 91103

SEVENTH MEETING — Sunday, 7 April 2013 from 4 to 6pm

For the 7th meeting of the Cixous reading group we’re going to read the first section of her book “Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing” called “The School of the Dead.”

When and where: We are meeting Sunday, April 7th from 4-6pm in the gallery at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica (www.18thstreet.org).

1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

EIGHTH MEETING — Sunday, 21 April 2013 from 4 to 6pm

We will continue reading Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, the second part called the “School of Dreams.”

Many of you have asked where to get the text.  It is available new and used on Amazon or as an e-book on Questia.

(Other books that we’ll read next are Philippines and the Selected Plays of Hélène Cixous).

Please remember that we’ll be photographing the reading group on the 21st, for an article Robert Nashak is writing about our experience together.

When and where: 4-6pm in the gallery at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica (www.18thstreet.org).

1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

NINTH MEETING — Sunday, May 5th from 4 to 6pm

Our next meeting is on Sunday, May 5th at 4pm at Lehrer Architects:

2140 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

We will finish reading Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, the third part called the “School of Roots.”

The text is available new and used on Amazon or as an e-book on Questia.

The books we are reading next are Philippines and the Selected Plays of Hélène Cixous.

TENTH MEETING, CIXOUS READING GROUP — Sunday, 19 May 2013, from 4pm to 6pm.

18th Street Arts Center gallery, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

We are reading Cixous’s book Philippines, which is the subject of the “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest” — the first half of the text.

ELEVENTH MEETING, CIXOUS READING GROUP — Sunday, 16 June 2013, from 4pm to 6pm.

18th Street Arts Center gallery, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

We will finish reading Cixous’s book Philippines.

TWELFTH MEETING, CIXOUS READING GROUP — Sunday, 21 July 2013, from 4pm to 6pm.

We will read Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. We will discuss the New Directions Edition translated by Idra Novey.

Please R.S.V.P. to Robert Nashak rnashak@gmail.com for details about the meeting location.

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2 comments
  1. maggiepatrik said:

    Please can you advise if any of the reading discussions are recorded. I live in Australia and am an avid reader of Helene Cixous’ work.

    Thank you

    • Hello,

      Thanks for your note! We haven’t recorded the groups to date, but we do welcome people by Skype! If you have any interest in joining us digitally please let me know. And if we do record or broadcast the group in the future, we’ll post about it on our new website for the reading group:

      https://cixousreadinggroup.wordpress.com/

      All best, Alexandra

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