"If reading has historically been a tool of revolutions and of liberation, is it not rather because, constitutively, reading is a rather risky business whose outcome and full consequences can never be known in advance? Does not reading involve one risk, that, precisely cannot be resisted: that of finding in the text something one does not expect? The danger with becoming a ‘resisting reader’ is that we end up, in effect, resisting reading…This is why my effort…is to train myself to tune into the forms of resistance present in the text, those forms that make up the textual dynamic as a field of clashing and heterogeneous forces and as a never quite predictable potential of surprise. My effort is…to trace within each text its own resistance to itself, its own specific literary, inadvertent textual transgression of its male assumptions and prescriptions.”
"In insisting on the origin of the present volume not in theory per se but in the production of a practice, this book encounters feminism as an enabling inspiration, not as a theoretical orthodoxy or an authorizing new institutionalization…Practice is not censoring but merely showing what can be done, and done otherwise…. “
Shoshana Felman in What Does a Woman Want?