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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 322 • Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir

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Course Description

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Intellectual Women/Women as Intellectuals--What does it mean to be a woman and an intellectual? This course focuses on major works by two women who helped define the field in the mid-twentieth century, the French writer Simone de Beauvoir and the German-Jewish-American Hannah Arendt. We will consider their works from a variety of perspectives. To what extent are the preoccupations of these women intellectuals defined by gender? Do they define the relationship or relationships between public and private in ways that differ from many male writers? How do the lives shape the works? What kind of stories do they tell? We will also consider the different contexts of the two writers, as well as some recent perspectives on the nature and origins of "intellectuals."

Grading Policy

Two 3-page papers (20%), one final 10-page paper (50%), one oral report (10%), class participation will count 20%.


Simone de Beauvoir: She Came to Stay; The Second Sex (excerpts); The Blood of Others; Coming of Age; Mandarins; A Very Gentle Death; Toril Moi: Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman; Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition; Between Past and Future; On Revolution; Eichmann in Jerusalem; Men in Dark Times

Recommended (on reserve): Letters to Sartre, A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren, Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers: Correspondence, Between Friends: The Correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Young-Bruehl: Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Dierdre Bair: Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons: Feminist Interpretations of Simone de Beauvoir, Bonnie Honig: Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt


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