Professor Nicholas Royle publishes latest books
Exeter alumnus Nicholas Royle (1976, English), Professor of English at the University of Sussex, has published two books in 2020: Hélène Cixous: Dreamer, Realist, Analyst, Writing (Manchester University Press) and Mother: A Memoir (Myriad Editions).
Hélène Cixous: Dreamer, Realist, Analyst, Writing provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date critical introduction to the writings of Helene Cixous (1937-), focusing on key motifs, such as dreams, the supernatural, literature, psychoanalysis, creative writing, realism, sexual differences, laughter, secrets, the ‘Mother unconscious’, drawing, painting, life writing, telephones, non-human animals, telepathy and the ‘art of cutting’. The book will be useful to students and academics coming to Cixous’s work for the first time, but it will also appeal to readers interested in contemporary literature, creative writing, life writing, narrative theory, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, feminism, queer theory, ecology, drawing and painting.
Mother: A Memoir is a touching, funny and beautifully written portrait of family life, mother-son relationships and bereavement. Hilary Mantel described it as ‘A tender and graceful study of parents and children, and a finely judged and measured attempt to capture the flitting, quicksilver shapes of what we keep and what we lose: the touch, the tone, the gaze of the past as it fades. It is a moving and beautifully achieved memoir, and a testament to the writer’s skill and generosity of spirit.’