Simone de Beauvior: The Making of an Intellectual Woman / Edition 1

Simone de Beauvior: The Making of an Intellectual Woman / Edition 1

by Toril Moi, Simone de Beauvoir
     
 

ISBN-10: 063119181X

ISBN-13: 9780631191810

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Wiley

In Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman, Toril Moi shows how Simone de Beauvoir became the leading feminist thinker and emblematic intellectual woman of the twentieth century. Blending biography with literary criticism, feminist theory, and historical and social analysis, this book provides a completely original analysis of Beauvoir's education

Overview

In Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman, Toril Moi shows how Simone de Beauvoir became the leading feminist thinker and emblematic intellectual woman of the twentieth century. Blending biography with literary criticism, feminist theory, and historical and social analysis, this book provides a completely original analysis of Beauvoir's education and formation as an intellectual.
In The Second Sex, Beauvoir shows that we constantly make something of what the world tries to make of us. By reconstructing the social and political world in which Beauvoir became the author of The Second Sex, and by showing how Beauvoir reacted to the pressures of that world, Moi applies Beauvoir's ideas to Beauvoir's own life.
Ranging from an investigation of French educational institutions to reflections on the relationship between freedom and flirtation, this book uncovers the conflicts and difficulties of an intellectual woman in the middle of the twentieth century. Through her analysis of Beauvoir's life and work Moi shows how difficult it was - and still is - for women to be taken seriously as intellectuals. Two major chapters on The Second Sex provide a theoretical and a political analysis of that epochal text. The last chapter turns to Beauvoir's love life, her depressions and her fear of ageing.
In a major new introduction, Moi discusses Beauvoir's letters to her lovers Jacques-Laurent Bost and Nelson Algren, as well as her recently published student diaries from 1926/27.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631191810
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Key to Abbreviations     xi
Simone de Beauvoir Today: Introduction to the 2008 Edition     1
Introduction     23
Part I
Second Only to Sartre     37
The Making of an Intellectual Woman     58
Politics and the Intellectual Woman: Cliches and Commonplaces in the Reception of Simone de Beauvoir     93
Part II
L'Invitee: An Existentialist Melodrama     115
Freedom and Flirtation: The Personal and the Philosophical in Sartre and Beauvoir     145
Ambiguous Women: Alienation and the Body in The Second Sex     168
Beauvoir's Utopia: The Politics of The Second Sex     198
Part III
The Scandal of Loneliness and Separation: The Writing of Depression     235
Afterword     270
Notes     275
Works Cited     319
Index     335

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