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'La Littérature Apparaît Lorsque Quelque Chose Dans La Vie Se Dérègle..': Simone De Beauvoir's Search for Universal Meaning Through Writing the Self

C Quinan

Romance Studies | Published : 2008

Abstract

Simone de Beauvoir's life and literary production are a testament to the idea that literature emerges when something in life goes slightly adrift. Writing served many functions for Beauvoir, but it was an activity to which she always turned in order to understand her social and historical milieu, as well as more personal obstacles. She often grappled with her place in the world, thus the relationship between individual experience and universal reality was one of her central preoccupations. This paper investigates how literature and writing were a way for Beauvoir to understand how her individual experience related to other consciousnesses and to a larger historical reality. I also examine ho..

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