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De Beauvoir, Existentialism and Marx

A Dialectic on Freedom

Angela Shepherd

According to Toril Moi, ‘freedom – not identity, difference or equality – is the fundamental concept in de Beauvoir’s feminism’. 1 Simone de Beauvoir insists that women and men are free human beings capable of independent, creative action. However

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Coalition as a counterpoint to the intersectional critique of The Second Sex

Emma McNicol

difference feminism. 3 Later, Elizabeth Spelman's 1988 controversial critique of white feminism, Inessential Woman , devoted a chapter to Beauvoir in which she contends that “certain strands of Beauvoir's thought lead inexorably in the direction of a

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Beauvoir and Writing as the Creation of the Self

Memoirs, Diaries, Biography

Liesbeth Schoonheim

Kate Kirkpatrick, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (London: Bloomsbury, 2019), xiv +476 pp. ISBN: 9781–350–04717–4 Simone de Beauvoir, Diary of a Philosophy Student: Volume 2, 1928–29 . The Beauvoir Series. Edited by Barbara Klaw, Sylvie Le Bon

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The Look as a Call to Freedom

On the Possibility of Sartrean Grace

Sarah Horton

. Nevertheless, most readers of Sartre continue to understand the look in terms of shame. I propose, therefore, to undertake a reexamination of the look, via a reading of Sartre's Notebooks for an Ethics and Simone de Beauvoir's Ethics of Ambiguity , that

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Sartre and Beauvoir on Women's Psychological Oppression

Mary Edwards

-avowed ‘macho’ 1 who did not devote any of his works to a sustained analysis of gender. But his lifelong companion, Simone de Beauvoir, did, and her distinct philosophical achievements have historically been ignored or reduced to Sartre's, especially in the

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Beauvoir dans tous ses états

Angela Kershaw

Ingrid Galster, Beauvoir dans tous ses états. Paris, Tallandier, 2007, 347pp. ISBN 978-2-84734-454-7 €25 (paperback)

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Simone de Beauvoir

Engagements, Contexts, Reconsiderations

Homi Bhabha

At one hundred, we are told, a book becomes a classic; at one hundred Simone de Beauvoir has surely become a legend. And yet, like all legends, she remains something of an enigma, yet to be discovered. To be discovered, perhaps, in a way similar to her own attempt at self-discovery in Hard Times (the second volume of The Force of Circumstance), which results in a moving encounter with symptoms, repressions, and defenses that reveal those darker unrepentant forces―dreams and nightmares―that haunt her life. To discover is also to uncover the pages of a partly-written life that recurs in a succession of dreams and nightmares. As Beauvoir puts it: “In my dreams … there are objects that have always recurred” as “receptacles of suffering … the hands of a watch that begin to race [moved] by a secret and appalling organic disorder; a piece of wood bleeds beneath the blow of an ax … I feel the terror of these nightmares in my waking hours, if I call to mind the walking skeletons of Calcutta orthose little gourds with human faces―children suffering from malnutrition.”

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Simone de Beauvoir on Existentialist Theater

Dennis A. Gilbert

My article focuses on Le Théâtre existentialiste (Existentialist Theater) by Simone de Beauvoir, recently translated and published in the volume of the Beauvoir Series on her literary writings. The first part introduces the original sound recording of this text and the circumstances behind its possible production in New York City in 1947 and my discovery of it at Wellesley College in 1996. The second part analyzes the divisions of Beauvoir's remarks as she presents Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and their principal plays from the period of the Occupation: The Flies, No Exit, and Caligula. The third part then evaluates certain of Beauvoir's key concepts in terms of how they were able to define adequately the substance of existentialist theater for a postwar American audience and whether they remain valid for a more contemporary theatrical public some six decades later.

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‘Master, Slave and Merciless Struggle’

Sin and Lovelessness in Sartre's Saint Genet

Kate Kirkpatrick

conclude that in the later work Sartre begins to show reservations about this stance and that Simone de Beauvoir's influence in this respect deserves greater scrutiny. These claims rest upon research that can be sketched only briefly in this article

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Théorie et pratique du dialogue romanesque chez Jean-Paul Sartre

Esther Demoulin

lettres à Simone de Beauvoir 6 – comporte, selon nos calculs, plus ou moins 36 % de discours direct, Le Sursis , 31%, et le « cycle Brunet » de La Mort dans l’âme , 55 %. 7 La poétique sartrienne du dialogue romanesque La poétique sartrienne du dialogue