Hélène Cixous (b. 1937) is a French-Algerian writer and philosopher. Transgressing the limits of academic language by and with poetic language, she is widely lauded for both her experimental writing style and her experimental practice, which traverses many discourses. Her widely influential essay Le rire de la Méduse is considered a key text within her concept of écriture feminine, and informs her advocacy for the freeing of writing, and the freeing of the self through writing. Cixous is also noted for her role in initiating and developing new models of education.