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Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949)

Simone de BeauvoirIn Fall 2021, the Center reading group devotes itself to a close study of Simone de Beauvoir‘s The Second Sex, a classic of Second-Wave feminism. First published in 1949, this historical theorization of the “becoming of woman” is a foundational reflection for contemporary feminisms and gender studies. The original English translation severely truncated the book and garbled some key terms. Joan Hawkins of The Media School guides us through the new translation, which restores some of the philosophical terminology of the French text.

Nancy Bauer, a leading scholar on Beauvoir's work, helps us to understand the text in light of gender theory and feminist phenomenology. In addition, a screening at the IU Cinema and some further readings illuminate the context of Beauvoir’s long and varied career.

All Center events are open to the public.

Spring 2022 Theme:
Reading Edourd Glissant

Next term, the Theory Center devotes itself to an intensive study of Poetics of Relation by the Martinican poet and essayist Edouard Glissant, arguably the leading Caribbean thinker of the 20th century. His influence on poststructuralism and post-colonialism has been immense. Details to follow.

Spring 2022 Graduate Courses

Constance Furey, Professor of Religious Studies, invites students to explore a genealogy of the politics of love in her seminar "Love." Jennifer Fleissner (English) offers an introduction to the underappreciated subject of "Repetition." For more detailed descriptions, see here.

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