helene cixous

How does one communicate the incommunicable?  Certainly not through the word.  The word mediates, separates.  Movement is what is communicated best and least.  Nothing is easier than to communicate movement to a puppet.  But it is also difficult because we are inhibited, disquieted, and communication of movement is something physical, related to the body.  It scares.  It is to make love.  But most people resist it.  They go back into their selves and become rigid.

We need a passivity that is not weak or masochistic but supple.  We need a capacity to accept, that is, a generosity.  We need an active passivity capable of bearing transition and transference.

  • Helene Cixous, ‘Grace and Innocence,’ Readings; the Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kafka, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva, pp 46-47