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University welcomes international philosopher

28 September 2007

Influential feminist writer and philosopher Professor Hélène Cixous will give a public lecture at an international conference held at the University this week.

Speaking at ‘The Shakespeare and Derrida Conference’ which has been organised by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Professor Cixous will explore the link between English playwright William Shakespeare and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

Writing more than 300 years after Shakespeare, Derrida believed that the answers for many philosophical questions could be found in the work of Shakespeare, saying "I know everything is in Shakespeare: everything and the rest". The extent to which Derrida was influenced by Shakespeare and the effect of Derrida’s writing on our understanding of Shakespeare’s key works is a focal point of the conference.

Professor Richard Wilson of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy is the conference organiser: "The names of Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida have been linked by their mutual love of Shakespeare", said Professor Wilson. "Professor Cixous has taught a generation of now distinguished French Shakespeareans at the University of Paris VIII, giving them the potential to re-read work by the English dramatist as a resource of future hope.

"The School is honoured to announce that Professor Cixous will give the closing lecture at the conference. Her lecture - which is free and open to the public - promises to be a truly memorable commemoration of both Shakespeare’s plays and Derrida’s work".

Professor Cixous is one of a number of speakers presenting papers at the conference, which will take place on Saturday 29 September 2007 in the Humanities building, Column Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EU. Further details can be found on the School’s website.