“The tradition of Cixous’s interest in feminine writing and talent at manipulating words continues in this collection. [In one essay] she describes vividly how she was overcome by the intoxication of writing...Other essays explore the influence of music and gender on writing...and painting. In all cases the language is visual and jewel-like, sparkling with color.”—Library Journal
“Hélène Cixous is today, in my view, the greatest writer in what I will call my language, the French language if you like. And I am weighing my words as I say that. For a great writer must be a poet-thinker, very much a poet and a very thinking poet.”—Jacques Derrida
“Deborah Jenson judiciously selects from Cixous’s output between 1976-89 ’Coming to Writing,’ ’Clarice Lispector: The Approach,’ ’Tancredi continues,’ ’The Last Painting or the Portrait of God,’ ’By the Light of an Apple,’ and ’The Author in Truth.’ Her perceptive closing essay, together with Susan Suleiman’s introduction...trace the umbilical links between Cixous’s end-stopped poetic-philosophic prose and her roots which anchor her perilously between two holocausts, Jewish and colonial, and two tongues, German and the classical French...These essays highlight a wealth of disparate inspiration...[in] an ideal guide to Cixous.”—Elizabeth Moles, Times Higher Education Supplement [UK]
“Cixous, important as she is as a feminist theorist and activist, is equally important as an accurate emotional sounding board for women everywhere. As such, her articulation of powerful, if delicate, perceptions in lucid prose/poetry compels the attention of European and American readers...The power of her prose is philosophically sound.”—Choice
Professor Meyer earned her bachelor's degree in French from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of numerous publications on Flaubert, French and Francophone women's autobiography, twentieth-century French literature, Descartes and Business French. Her reviews appear in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, World Literature Today, Contemporary French Civilization and the French Review. She has earned over 40 Scholarly and other grants and has presented over 70 scholarly and pedagogical presentations at national and international conferences. She was named the 1999 recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Founder's Association Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, was a recent Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she started her current book project on French and Francophone Women's autobiographies.
Professor Meyer’s awards include being named Fall 2013 Advanced Online Teaching Fellow at UW-Green Bay, Outstanding Higher Education Representative 2008 by the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, a 2004-2005 University of Wisconsin system Wisconsin Teaching Scholar as well as a member of a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee funded Scholarship on Teaching and Learning Women's Studies Research Group. She was a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wisconsin Teaching Scholar II in 2005-2006.
Professor Meyer has taught all levels of French language, literature and culture (especially Business French) as well as literature in translation and other interdisciplinary literature courses in English. She ran a Service-Learning program until recently. She enjoys teaching Travel courses in Paris and London. Professor Meyer received a "Teaching at Its Best" Award as well as the "Creative Approaches to Teaching" award, both at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay and has been nominated for campus-wide teaching awards.
Former Chair of English & Foreign Languages, she also enjoys serving on Executive Committees for various organizations, organizing conferences and conference sessions and serving on a variety of professional boards and committees, for instance, eight years on the University of Wisconsin System French Placement Test Committee, as grader of AP French Culture and Language Exams, and as member of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant selection committee for France and for Luxembourg. Currently, she serves on the American Association of Teachers of French FLES* Commission, as well as their Commission on French for Business and Economic Purposes.