The course aims to enable the reading and understanding of Beauvoir’s Second Sex.
In the classic feminist text The Second Sex (1949) Simone de Beauvoir dismantles the prevailing masculinity of Western culture. The book aims for a radical revolution in the relationship between men and women. In the book, Beauvoir primarily presents herself as a reader. What did she read? How does she interpret her authors? How does the feminist hermeneutics of The Second Sex unfold? Such a re-reading of The Second Sex focusses on the feminist interpretation of literature and psychoanalysis. Interpreting The Second Sex is studying how Beauvoir interprets her authors, such as Stendhal, Colette, D.H. Lawrence, Henry de Montherlant en Rosamond Lehmann and Violette Leduc and psychoanalytic texts of among others Freud, Wilhelm Stekel and Helene Deutsch.
• Seminar and lecture (3.75 EC English)
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex. (First Vintage Books Edition, 2011 (or later); Translation Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevalier)
On Monday's 2020 Week 7-16
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