Simone de Beauvoir

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  • Felicia Gordon (Anglia Ruskin University)

Simone de Beauvoir (born 9 January 1908; died 14 April 1986), philosopher, feminist, novelist, autobiographer, social critic and French intellectual, remains a writer who escapes easy classification. Objectification, as a woman or as a writer, was something she always resisted. Widely revered in the feminist movement for having re-defined our understanding of women's oppression in Le Deuxième Sexe [The Second Sex] (1947), and setting a new agenda for second-wave feminism in the 1970's onwards, she did not initially identify with feminism. The Second Sex was undertaken as a philosophical exploration of what it meant to be a woman, not as a feminist polemic. Apart from the shocked reception to The Second Sex, B…

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Gordon, Felicia. "Simone de Beauvoir". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2004
[, accessed 08 October 2015.]

Articles on Beauvoir's works

  1. L'invitée [She Came to Stay]
  2. Le Deuxième Sexe [The Second Sex]
  3. Les Mandarins [The Mandarins]
  4. Pour une morale de l'ambiguité [The Ethics of Ambiguity]

Related Groups

  1. Feminism &Women Studies