9780415263634

Simone De Beauvoir

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415263634

  • ISBN10:

    0415263638

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-12-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Simone de Beauvoir's groundbreaking work has transformed the way we think about gender and identity. Without her 1949 textThe Second Sex, gender theory as we know it today would be unthinkable. A leading figure in French existentialism, Beauvoir's concepts of "becoming woman" and of woman as "Other" are among the most influential ideas in feminist enquiry and debate. This book guides the reader through the main areas of Simone de Beauvoir's thought, including: *existentialism and ethics *gender studies and feminism *literature and autobiography *sexuality, the body and ageing Drawing upon Beauvoir's literary and theoretical texts, this is the essential guidebook for those approaching the work of this key thinker for the first time.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface vii
Acknowledgements xi
List of abbreviations xiii
WHY BEAUVOIR? 1(10)
KEY IDEAS 11(102)
1 Existentialism
13(16)
2 Ethics
29(20)
3 Becoming woman
49(22)
4 Feminist praxis
71(12)
5 Literature
83(18)
6 Age
101(12)
AFTER BEAUVOIR 113(14)
FURTHER READING 127(16)
Works cited 143(8)
Index 151

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