The Beauvoir Series
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|Format:||Hardback, 350 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 27 January 2009|
Written from September 1939 to January 1941, Simone de Beauvoir's "Wartime Diary" gives English readers unabridged access to one of the scandalous texts that threaten to overturn traditional views of Beauvoir's life and work. The account in Beauvoir's "Wartime Diary" of her clandestine affair with Jacques Bost and sexual relationships with various young women challenges the conventional picture of Beauvoir as the devoted companion of Jean-Paul Sartre, just as her account of completing her novel "She Came to Stay" at a time when Sartre's philosophy in "Being and Nothingness" was barely begun calls into question the traditional view of Beauvoir's novel as merely illustrating Sartre's philosophy. Most important, the "Wartime Diary" provides an exciting account of Beauvoir's philosophical transformation from the pre-war solipsism of "She Came to Stay" to the post-war political engagement of "The Second Sex".Cast in the crucible of the Nazi Occupation, Beauvoir's existentialist ethics reflects dramatic collective experiences, such as joining the tide of refugees fleeing the German invasion in June 1940, as well as the courageous reaffirmation of her individuality in constructing a humanist ethics of freedom and solidarity in January 1941. In providing new insights into Beauvoir's philosophical development, Beauvoir's "Wartime Diary" promises to rewrite a crucial chapter of Western philosophy and intellectual history.
Provocative insights into Beauvoir's philosophical and personal development during wartime
"The revelations in Beauvoir's Wartime Diary are stunning, stimulating, and exciting." Kelly Oliver, editor of The French Feminism Reader and The Portable Kristeva "There is nothing to compete with Beauvoir's Wartime Diary; the translation is clear, jargon-free, and engaging. A very significant contribution to Beauvoir scholarship, it is also an amazing eyewitness testimonial of daily life in Paris under the German occupation. Once I started reading it, I literally couldn't put it down." Claudia Card, author of The Cambridge Companion to Simone de Beauvoir
|Publisher: ||University of Illinois Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.61 x 16.0 x 2.79 centimeters (0.63 kg)|