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Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs (Yael Klangwisan) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014) 9781909697249
Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs (Yael Klangwisan) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014) 9781909697249
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Title: Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs

Author: Klangwisan, Yael

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781909697249

Volumes: 1; Pages: 200

List Price in Hardcover: $80.00 Our price: $68.99

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This is a remarkable book that sets out to deconstruct academic writing on the Song of Songs. It emerges at that place where biblical scholarship on the Song of Songs is subverted by French literary theory, where biblical literature escapes biblical hermeneutics, and where the ancient poetry of the Song of Songs comes face to face with the modern poetry of Helene Cixous. The question asked is whether a poetic text like the Song of Songs can be systematized, interpreted and worked out. For as much as Jouissance is a work on the Song of Songs, it is also a work about reading poetically, challenging the notion that the Song of Songs can be read at all.

In response the reader-author presents an-'other' kind of reading. She inhabits the text of the Song of Songs, bringing herself to it; allowing herself to be taken in its jaws, one time, and once only, and then giving it away and refusing possession. If this could be called reading, it would be live-reading: a reading of the Song of Songs that is birthed and dreamed, that joins breath with breath. This is a reading that is allowed to live.

The reader is invited via the midwifery of Helene Cixous's poetic texts to encounter the enigmatic poetry of the Song of Songs, its creative and transformative polysemy, engendering a 'third body', third text, that is reflective and multivalent, inscripted with elements that are continuous and discontinuous, as well as dynamic, mythic and subversive. Read in the spirit of Cixousian literary theory, Jouissance is a visceral-corporeal experience of the transgressive and creative act of the Song of Songs that merges the limits of language with the bliss and suffering of the beyond.


A. A Foreword

On Eating Scrolls

Origins and Escapes; or, How to Eat This Scroll

For Gifts and Gardens

B. Hic jacet

Kaddish for a Young Jewish Saint

C. Prelude to a kiss

Texte vivant

The Infinite I

The Ethics of the Naked Eye

The Poem Drinks Me


D. ?Prehistory?



The Interior Shulamith

E. Icara

The Poetess Thief

Flying Manuscripts


F. Che vuole?

The Week of Asymmetry

Elle est venue sous les signes de l'oc�an

A Space Odyssey

The Door Scents Me



Flying Too Close to the Sun


G. Peace Odyssey

H. Cirque du soleil


Kings of Uruk

Of Queens; or, Seven Gates

Sc�ne de cirque, or, Feu

I. Shibboleth

Evocation pour Derrida

Derrida Is Dead

Time; or, Untenable Postscript

J. Dream Scenes

Le champ de mars

Le cirque bleu

Cantique des cantiques IV

K. Adam et Eve

L. Epilogue

Buddha and the Lime Tree
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