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On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This collection of essays takes up the most famous feminist sentence ever written, Simone de Beauvoir’s “On ne naît pas femme: on le devient,” finding in it a flashpoint that galvanizes feminist ... More


Introduction

Bonnie Mann

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter introduces the central controversy that gave rise to this book project, one over the correct translation and interpretation of Beauvoir’s most famous sentence: “On ne naît pas femme: on ... More


Simone De Beauvoir: The Second Sex

Nancy Bauer

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter is a reprint of a book review of the new translation of The Second Sex, which raises questions about its success in rendering Beauvoir’s thought into English. Siding with critical ... More


The Grand Rectification

Meryl Altman

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter praises the 2010 translation of The Second Sex, driven by criticism of H.M. Parshley’s original translation by writers like Toril Moi, which was received with mixed reviews, reigniting ... More


The Floating “a”

Debra Bergoffen

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that both the H.M. Parshley and the Borde and Malovany-Chevallier translations of: “On ne naît pas femme: on le devient” lead to dead ends. By omitting the “a,” the new ... More


Becoming A Woman

Megan M. Burke

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The author argues that the exclusion of the indefinite article in Borde and Malovany-Chevallier’s translation of “the famous sentence” in The Second Sex obscures Beauvoir’s phenomenological account ... More


Woman Does Not Become Her

Janine Jones

in On ne naît pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190608811
eISBN:
9780190608835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190608811.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, the author argues that the Borde and Malovany-Chevallier’s translation of “On ne naît pas femme: on le devient” as “One is not born, but rather, becomes woman” is neither a standard ... More


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