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In the Evening There is Feeling: Hélène Cixous and Lavinia Greenlaw


In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s Exhibitions reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and/or queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.

This session, set alongside David Austen’s exhibition across the galleries, will introduce and discuss some of the ideas contained within Hélène Cixous’s seminal feminist text from 1975 The Laugh of the Medusa as well as considering a newly commissioned text by poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw written as part of the exhibition.

In The Laugh of the Medusa Cixous advocates for new ways of thinking and writing about women and literature. The essay has become a staple of feminist criticism because of its incisive critique of patriarchal politics. It is also a call to arms, urging women to reclaim their bodies and, by extension, their desires and identities through writing.

As part of the Spring season at DCA, renowned British poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw has written a new text in response to David Austen’s work considering ideas of visibility and invisibility. We will be using some of Cixous’s ideas from 1975 to think about how we might consider Greenlaw’s new work in 2019.

Digital copies of selected texts will be sent out to all participants upon booking a place.