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Simone de Beauvoir Gender and Testimony

Simone de Beauvoir Gender and Testimony

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This is the ®rst full-length study to explore Simone deBeauvoir's autobiographical and biographical writings in thecontext of ideas on selfhood formulated in
Le Deuxie Áme Sexe 
andher other philosophical essays of the 1940s. Drawing on recentwork in autobiographical studies and working within a broadlyFoucauldian framework, Ursula Tidd offers a detailed analysisof Beauvoir's auto/biographical strategy as a woman writerseeking to write herself into the male-constructed auto-biographical canon. Tidd ®rst analyses Beauvoir's notions of selfhood in her philosophical essays, and then discusses her fourautobiographical and two biographical volumes, along withsome of her unpublished diaries, in an attempt to explorenotions of selectivity, and the politics of truth-production andreception. The study concludes that Beauvoir's vast auto/biographical project, situated in speci®c personal and historicalcontexts, can be read as shaped by a testimonial obligationrooted in a productive consciousness of the Other.Ursula Tidd is Lecturer in French at the University of Salford.She has published on Beauvoir in a number of journals. This isher ®rst full-length book.

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