Time Out of Time: Derrida, Cixous, Improvisation

Sara Ramshaw

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This article considers the paradox of improvisation as a gift out of time, which is completely in tune with time, subject to time. It does so through an alignment of Jacques Derrida’s philosophy and the poetic writings of Hélène Cixous. Ever mindful of the possible impossibility of improvisation in Derrida’s work, improvisation here is given over to Cixous, to the side of life, and is theorised as a type of ‘feminine writing’, as an inventive strategy that calls forth the unknown other and dreams of a gift in life that is out of time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-175
Number of pages14
JournalNew Sound: International Magazine for Music
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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