Simone de Beauvoir (Routledge Critical Thinkers)

Simone de Beauvoir (Routledge Critical Thinkers) One Is Not Born, But Rather Becomes, A Woman, Wrote Simone De Beauvoir In Her Controversial Bestseller The Second Sex , Widely Acclaimed As The Founding Book Of Modern Feminism Beauvoir Lived Through Some Of The Most Dramatic And Harrowing Events Of The Twentieth Century, A Time Of Huge Change For Women Across The World Ursula Tidd Illuminates These And Many Other Facets Of Beauvoir S Complex Personality Her Relentless Autobiographical Drive, Living Life As A Continually Unfolding Narrative Her Personal And Intellectual Relationships, Essentially Lived As A Series Of Dialogues With A Variety Of Interlocutors, Including Jean Paul Sartre And Nelson Algren Her Active Involvement In Political Struggles And How Beauvoir The Woman Became Beauvoir The Myth This Concise And Up To Date Appraisal Of The Life And Works Of The Quintessential Feminist Intellectual Draws On The Most Recent Scholarship On Beauvoir S Work, And On Newly Published And Extant Volumes Of Her Diaries And Correspondence, To Allow The Reader Unrivalled Access To The Voice Of This Pivotal Modern Figure

Ursula Tidd is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Manchester.

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  • Paperback
  • 187 pages
  • Simone de Beauvoir (Routledge Critical Thinkers)
  • Ursula Tidd
  • English
  • 18 December 2018
  • 9781861894342

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    I absolutely loved this study of one of the twentieth century s most brilliant and famous women writers and activists It is the single most trenchant and insightful of the intellectual biographical studies of de Beauvoir.Nothing of value in de Beauvoir s life is overlooked Context and circumstances are fully considered and the widest range of resources and key relationships are thought through the influence of her parents, sister, lovers, besides that of the works of intellectual writers and philosophers such as Levis Strauss, Hegel, Heidegger, Aquinas, Marx, Husserl, Leibniz, Kant, and the existential phenomenologists, among others.Tidd also sheds light on some of the influences on her growing sense of intersectional feminism and the lesser known yet critical influences for her magnum opus on women, The Second Sex, by reference, for example, to her strong interest in Gunnar Myrdal s classic 1944 study American Dilemma, on race in America.She doesn t shy away from the complex and often troubling relationship Beauvoir had with Sartre namely the ways in which it was supportive of each other, while often exploiting the affection of other lovers and writing about them and betraying their lovers confidences to each other.Importantly, she quotes well from all Beauvoir s work, so you get to appreciate her strengths as a memoirist, diarist, philosopher, essayist and polemicist, novelist, travel and letter writer, feminist and political activist.I ve read the full length biographies by Deirdre Blair and Toril Moi, and this short study says everything of value while missing nothing of significance.The highest praise I can think of for a biography of a writer is to say that it excites and compels you to want to go and read or reread the writer s work This brilliant study merits that accolade.

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    Simone de Beauvoir s The Second Sex 1949 may be one of the most talked about and least read 20th century texts This Routledge Critical Reader a sort of post grad York Notes provides a great introduction to the theorist and clears up a few misconceptions Often cited alongside Satre, fellow existentialist and lover , she appears much less of a fundamentalist Concerned primarily with ethics, her notion of autonomy is always tempered by facticity a term she coins to encompass the situatedness of a person Such situatedness may also refer to one s body, dispelling any notions that she dismissed gender absolutely Whereas Sartre wrote that even those who submit under torture always do so willingly, Beauvoir s recognises limiting external factors In relation to 20th century western feminism, Beauvoir recognises willful submission of women to gender roles alongside male oppression as opposed to a society where the former may not be so large a factor, rendering women less culpable of inaction Ultimately it is moral responsibility synomomous with the responisbility to choose that is emphasised Even in severely limited circumstances, one has to choose not to choose would be to annihilate oneself The reader provides a clear chronology and trajectory of Beauvoir s work including several insightful interviews as well as her later work on ageing Highlighting her importance to femminism in general it cites those who followed in a similar vein, particularly Butler, as well as those who reacted against her, including the second wave of french feminism circa 1968 Cixious et al, and the emergance of l ecriture feminine women write in circles etc

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    Absolutely loved this intellectual biography of one of the twentieth century s most brilliant and famous women writers and activists.It is the single most trenchant and insightful of the brief biographical studies of de Beauvoir Nothing of value in de Beauvoir s life is overlooked Context and circumstances are fully considered and the widest range of resources and key relationships are thought through the influence of her parents, sister, lovers, and providing insight on her reading of writers and philosophers such as Levis Strauss, Hegel, Heidegger, Aquinas, Marx, Husserl, Leibniz, Kant, and the existential phenomenologists, among others Tidd also sheds light on some of her intersectional feminism and the lesser known yet critical influences for her magnum opus on women, The Second Sex, by referencing her strong interest in Gunnar Myrdal s classic 1975 study American Dilemma, on race in America.Tidd also doesn t shy away from the complex and often troubling relationship Beauvoir had with Sartre namely the ways in which it was supportive of each other, while often exploiting the affection of other lovers and writing about them and betraying their lovers confidences to each other.Importantly, Tidd quotes well from all Beauvoir s work, so you get to appreciate her strengths as a memoirist, diarist, philosopher, essayist and polemicist, novelist, travel and letter writer, feminist and political activist.I ve read Deidre Blair s and Toril Moi s biographies, and this short study says everything of value while missing nothing of significance The highest praise I can think of for a biography of a writer is to say that it excites and compels you to want to go and read or reread the writer s work This brilliant study merits that accolade.

  5. says:

    Useful introduction to de Beauvoir s life, philosophy and works Recommended to anyone who did not take a philosophy course in university or is not familiar with her life or philosophy.

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