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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


The Adulteress Wife

Toril Moi

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/9780190608811.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Nearly 20 years after Margaret Simons broke the news of the scandal of the English translation of Le deuxième sexe, Toril Moi’s 2002 essay deepened feminist claims in relation to Parshley’s ... More


The Silencing of Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex

Margaret A. Simons

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/9780190608811.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter, first published in 1983, initially breaks the news of the scandal of the first English translation of Le deuxième sexe to the English speaking world. Through a painstaking comparative ... More


While We Wait: The Second Sex

Toril Moi

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/9780190608811.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Nearly twenty years after Margaret Simons broke the news of the scandal of the English translation of Le deuxième sexe, Toril Moi’s 2002 essay deepened feminist claims in relation to Parshley’s ... 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


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