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Simone de Beauvior: The Making of an Intellectual Woman

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Moving from the impact of educational institutions on Beauvoir to her representation of love, desire and sexuality, Toril Moi analyzes the conflicts and contradictions that shape intellectual women's lives. She offers an interpretation of Beauvoir's relationship to Sartre and to other women, and reads Beauvoir as a writer of depression. She also considers Beauvoir the grea ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 15th 1993 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1980)
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really admire what Moi has done here, producing a great critical biography. My favourite paragraphs were those on The Second Sex, but there is much of merit to be found throughout.
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Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
wow. i had no idea about the relationship between Sartre and de Beauvoir. in a way, i wish i didn't know how obsessed with him she was. this brilliant, seemingly independent woman, was so smitten with Sartre that she lost her "self," her soul, her ability to find joy for herself. very tragic.
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Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at Duke University. Moi is also the Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke. She attended University of Bergen. Previously she held positions as a lecturer in French at the University of Oxford and as Director of the Center for Feminist Researc ...more
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