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Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony : Cambridge Studies in French - Ursula Tidd

Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony

Cambridge Studies in French

Hardcover Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521661300
Number Of Pages: 266

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This is the first full-length study to explore Simone de Beauvoir's autobiographical and biographical writings in the context of ideas on selfhood formulated in Le deuxieme sexe and her other philosophical essays of the 1940s. Drawing on recent work in autobiographical studies and working within a broadly Foucauldian framework, Ursula Tidd offers a detailed analysis of Beauvoir's auto/biographical strategy as a woman writer seeking to write herself into the male-constructed autobiographical canon. Tidd first analyses Beauvoir's notions of selfhood in her philosophical essays, and then discusses her four autobiographical and two biographical volumes, along with some of her unpublished diaries, in an attempt to explore notions of selectivity, and the politics of truth-production and reception. The study concludes that Beauvoir's vast auto/biographical project, situated in specific personal and historical contexts, can be read as shaped by a testimonial obligation rooted in a productive consciousness of the Other.

List of abbreviations
Becoming the Self
Pyrrhus et Cin©as and Pour une morale de l'ambiguit©
Le Deuxime Sexe
Writing the Life
Narratives of self-representation
Negotiating autobiography
Writing the self - M©moires d'une jeune fille rang©e
Bearing witness with the Other, bearing witness for the Other
Writing the Other
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ISBN: 9780521661300
ISBN-10: 0521661307
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.53