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Kit Belgum, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Spring 2010

GRC 323E • Arendt and de Beauvoir-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38285 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
RLM 6.112

Course Description

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." This course satisfies the substantial writing component requirement.

Grading Policy

Two three-page papers (20%), one final ten-page paper (50%), and 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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