|Full Title||Feminist Interpretations Of Simone De Beauvoir|
|Publisher||Penn State University Press|
Margaret A. Simons |
For almost twenty years, feminist readings of Simone de Beauvoirâs feminist classic The Second Sex have been dominated by dismissive interpretation of Beauvoirâs philosophy as Sartrean and phallocentric. Beauvoirâs angry refusal to acknowledge either her philosophical originality or her lesbian relationships led to an interpretive impasse on two issues: her relationship to existentialism and her relationship to feminism. It was not until Beauvoirâs death in 1986 that this interpretive impasse would be broken. Feminist scholars reacted to news of Beauvoirâs death in 1986 by initiating a reevaluation of her lifeâs work, a task encouraged by Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, her adopted daughter, who edited for posthumous publication many of Beauvoirâs personal notebooks and letters to Sartre. Some of the most exciting new interpretations of Beauvoirâs philosophy that have resulted are brought together here for the first time; many of them, indeed, were written expressly for this first volume of essays on Beauvoirâs philosophy written since her death.
From phenomenology and literary criticism to analytic philosophy and postmodern deconstruction, this collection presents a unique variety of methodological approaches to reading Beauvoir: placing her within the phenomenological tradition and identifying the Husserlean influence on her work; using the posthumously published letters and notebooks to shed light on Beauvoirâs own experience of oppression and to deconstruct the philosophical movement that exploited her; analyzing the themes and structure of Beauvoirâs novel The Mandarins to study her philosophy of the erotic; examining the structure of her argument about womenâs biology and sexual difference to challenge the criticism of Beauvoirâs phallocentricism; locating her writings on decolonization as a historical antecedent of the postmodern philosophy of destruction. Of particular interest may be the scholarly reading of little-known texts, such as Beauvoirâs essay on the Marquis de Sade, or her essay 'Literature and Metaphysics,' in the context of her better-known texts, such as Ethics of Ambiguity, to trace Beauvoirâs philosophical development and challenge the view that Beauvoir was either Sartrean or phallocentric.
|Dimensions||6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)|
Women in Philosophy |
Feminist Literary Criticism
Feminism & Feminist Theory
20th Century French Philosophy
Philosophy & Literature
20th Century French Literature - Literary Criticism
Feminism & Literature
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