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Simone de Beauvoir

by Evans M SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
02/1996
ISBN:
9780803988675
Format:
Pbk 160 pages
Price:
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Celebrated since her death as the `mother' of contemporary feminism, Simone de Beauvoir continues to dominate twentieth century feminist theory. Her book The Second Sex has had an enormous influence over the women's movement, establishing its author as a major feminist theoretician. Paradoxically, however, de Beauvoir spent much of her life distancing herself from women, both literally and symbolically, and identifying with men and masculinity.The work of de Beauvoir is thus the focus of heated debate for theorists of feminism. This accessible introduction to de Beauvoir's life and ideas considers the themes and tensions which inform her work. Mary Evans shows how de Beauvoir's writings resist simplistic interpretations and cannot be reduced to simple oppositions between masculine and feminine, rational and irrational, or social and natural. Highlighting the autobiographical aspects in de Beauvoir's work, Evans presents a new and important analysis of the complex relationship between fact, fiction and autobiography.This original interpretation of de Beauvoir's legacy highlights her vital if problematic position in contemporary feminism. It will be essential reading for students and academics in women's studies, sociology and the history of ideas, as well as for all those with a general interest in the life and work of this intriguing and influential figure.

Introduction The Making of a Woman The Woman and the Words The Woman and Women The Personal and the Political Others Reading de Beauvoir Bibliography

`Libraries must reserve a space for this volume.' The Hindu
I have been an emeritus professor at the University of Kentas School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research since 2007. At present I am a centennial professor at the London School of Economics.