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From “I” to “We”: Acts of Agency in Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophical Autobiography

J. Lenore Wright

in The Philosophy of Autobiography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226267890
eISBN:
9780226268088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226268088.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The aim of this chapter is to analyze the ways in which “being a woman”—being a woman philosopher, specifically—positions Simone de Beauvoir to produce a form of philosophical autobiography that is ... More


Introduction

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter discusses the search for personal and collective self-knowledge, the multiplying cultural incitements to discourse about the self and sexuality, and the disconcerting transformation of ... More


“Mysticism is Tempting”: Simone de Beauvoir on Mysticism, Metaphysics, and Sexual Difference

in Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226349510
eISBN:
9780226349466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226349466.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter shows that what Teresa encounters is death, mortality, and loss, thereby marking her confrontation with the real as the site of her autonomy. Although Beauvoir presents Teresa as an ... More


Introduction

Margaret A. Simons

in Feminist Writings

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039003
eISBN:
9780252097171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.003.0045
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This introductory chapter provides a background of Simone de Beauvoir's feminism. As the political opposition hardened and the Women's Liberation Movement (MLF) matured in the 1970s, Beauvoir put ... More


Couple Troubles

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter talks about an Austrian woman who had been reading Das andere Geschlecht or “The Other Sex,” and sent Simone de Beauvoir her reflections on the sections concerning marriage. It describes ... More


Shame as Political Feeling

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Djamila Boupacha, which was a book about political intervention from a public intellectual that reported on Djamila Boupacha's trial and gathered testimony on other cases of ... More


House and Home: *: Feminist Variations on a Theme

Iris Marion Young

in On Female Body Experience: “Throwing Like a Girl” and Other Essays

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195161922
eISBN:
9780199786664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161920.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay explores the ambivalence of the values of house and home. It agrees with feminist critics such as Luce Irigaray and Simone de Beauvoir that the comforts and supports of house and home ... More


The Intimate Life of the Nation: Reading The Second Sex in 1949

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter reconstructs how the public was introduced to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir's most famous work, and considers its critical reception. It mentions reviewers and critics who saw ... More


Seizing Freedom with Simone de Beauvoir

Lori J. Marso

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Beauvoir and Wright met in France in 1946, and Wright was Beauvoir’s host when she came to the United States in 1947. Together they talked about race, gender, and oppression. In this chapter, Lori J. ... More


The Algerian War and the Scandal of Torture

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter explains how Simone de Beauvoir's memoirs were thoroughly intertwined with the Algerian War and with some of the most dramatic years of the French Republic. It looks at Beauvoir's ... More


Second Takes on The Second Sex

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter recounts Simone de Beauvoir's interview with the magazine France Observateur regarding the future of women and feminism in France in 1960. It talks about Marie Craipeau, Simone de ... More


Simone de Beauvoir and Sexuality in the Third Person

Michael Lucey

in Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities, from Colette to Hervé Guibert

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226606187
eISBN:
9780226606354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226606354.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter proposes a contextualization of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1943 novel L’Invitée (She Came to Stay), a novel that registers sexual relationships between women—such as the ones Beauvoir herself ... 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 Influence of Simone de Beauvoir

Carol Giardina

in Freedom for Women: Forging the Women's Liberation Movement, 1953-1970

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034560
eISBN:
9780813039329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034560.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

Simone de Beauvoir has played a major role in raising Women's Liberation founders' understanding that male ascendancy has imposed limitations on women's achievement of human potential. Many leading ... More


Readers and Writers

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter elaborates how Simone de Beauvoir burst into the world of literary stardom in the 1950s. It begins with Mandarins from 1954, Beauvoir's novel about postwar French intellectuals' ... More


Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture

Helena Michie

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195073874
eISBN:
9780199855223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073874.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This book takes the notion of “otherness” as it has traditionally been used by Simone de Beauvoir and other feminists to designate the space between men and women, and transcribes it instead to the ... More


Beauvoir, Kinsey, and Midcentury Sex

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter mentions Alfred C. Kinsey's 1948 report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, which was one of the most prominent research on sexuality that François Mauriac associated with Simone de ... More


Sexual Politics and Feminism

Judith G. Coffin

in Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750540
eISBN:
9781501750564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter covers letters to Simone de Beauvoir simmering with grievances about stifling marriages, constrained choices, the grind and boredom of housework, the absence of contraception, serial ... More


Maternity as Negotiating Mutual Transcendence in the Philosophy of Simone De Beauvoir

Sarah Lachance Adams

in Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a "Good" Mother Would Do: The Ethics of Ambivalence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231166751
eISBN:
9780231537223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166751.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter explores the feminist philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir. She states that the failure to correlate with oneself is more than an inability to achieve one's self-serving goals. It also ... More


Simone de Beauvoir's Desperate Housewives

Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love: From Plato to Popular Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748623679
eISBN:
9780748671854
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623679.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses Simone de Beauvoir's reflections on love that are read alongside the USA TV series Desperate Housewives. Interpreting Desperate Housewives through and against Beauvoir writings ... More


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