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'My little wild fever-struck brother': Human and animal subjectivity in Hélène Cixous' Algeria
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6768-5292
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, ISSN 2169-2327, E-ISSN 2169-2335, Vol. 78, no 4-5, p. 456-468Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the place of human and animal subjectivityin two autobiographically informed texts by Hélène Cixous. It takesher view on the word ‘human’ and the figure of Fips, the dog ofthe Cixous family, as a point of departure. By thinking through thisfigure, I argue, Cixous analyses the dehumanizing logic of colonialismand anti-Semitism in Algeria and develops her own responseto such kinds of political evils, arguing for human relationality andanimal corporeality. The article shows that Cixous’ meeting withFips creates a stigma that, belatedly, breaks through the barrierbetween herself and the dog; the reopening of the wound takesplace in a poetical writing that reveals an intense ‘animal humanity’formed by communal suffering, finiteness, and love. The lessonCixous learns from the memory of Fips the dog is how to become‘better human’. This becoming is also an assault on the falsehumanism of the colonial project and on racialized social exlusion.

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2017. Vol. 78, no 4-5, p. 456-468
Keywords [en]
Human; animal subjectivity; Cixous; corporeality; stigma, political evil
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Ethics
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Philosophy of Religion; Ethics; Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308749DOI: 10.1080/21692327.2017.1364661ISI: 000424585600012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308749DiVA, id: diva2:1050712
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Ethics and the Politics of Writing: Membership, Testimony and Representation
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-968Available from: 2016-11-29 Created: 2016-11-29 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved

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