The Second Sex

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Vintage, 2011 - Philosophy - 800 pages
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Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir's pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

 

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A dense book in which de Beauvoir attempts to define a feminist view of the world, and to explain the differentiation of that view from the masculine. There is a lot of close reasoning, but a serious ... Read full review

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This phenomenal tome, translated very readably and completely here as far as I can tell, by Borde and Malovany-Chevallier, is utterly gripping, moving, intense, and a true life-changing experience ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
VOLUME
17
Biological Data
21
The Psychoanalytical Point of View
49
The Point of View of Historical
62
Chapter 2
71
Chapter 3
90
Chapter 5
126
PART TWO SITUATION
437
The Married Woman
439
The Mother
524
Social Life
571
Prostitutes and Hetaeras
599
From Maturity to Old Age
619
Womans Situation and Character
638
PART THREE JUSTIFICATIONS
665

Chapter 2
159
Claudel or the Handmaiden of the Lord
237
Lived Experience
272
Introduction
279
PART ONE FORMATIVE YEARS
281
Chapter Childhood
283
The Girl
341
Sexual Initiation
383
Chapter 4
417
The Narcissist
667
The Woman in Love
683
The Mystic
709
PART FOUR TOWARD LIBERATION
719
The Independent Woman
721
Conclusion
753
Selected Sources
767
Index
771
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Simone de Beauvoir was born in Paris in 1908. In 1929 she became the youngest person ever to obtain the agrégation in philosophy at the Sorbonne, placing second to Jean-Paul Sartre. She taught at lycées at Marseille and Rouen from 1931 to 1937, and in Paris from 1938 to 1943. After the war, she emerged as one of the leaders of the existentialist movement, working with Sartre on Les Temps Modernes. The author of several books, including The Mandarins (1957), which was awarded the Prix Goncourt, Beauvoir was one of the most influential thinkers of her generation. She died in 1986.

Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, both American, are longtime residents of France and former teachers at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Judith Thurman, author of Isak Dinesen and Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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