The Contribution of Simone de Beauvoir

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Richard Schumaker/Northeast Modern Language Association
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Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was a protean author: trained as a philosopher, devoted to her craft as a novelist, gifted as a memorialist, the author of interdisciplinary works on women, and a considerable figure in French political life, it is as difficult as it is important to reflect on her importance as an international woman of letters. This panel will be organized around two basic questions: Can we identify the major contribution of Simone de Beauvoir in the context of 20th century literature? What is the continuing importance of Simone de Beauvoir in the 21st century?

While reflections on individuals works and texts of Simone de Beauvoir are of course welcome, contributions should focus on the overarching importance of her work and its major themes.

As a comparative literature panel, this panel welcomes contributors from all over the world. It is hoped that some panelists will focus on Simone de Beauvoir’s importance in areas other than Europe and the United States.

The language of the panel will be English, but contributors may of course work in other languages. The panel chair will co-ordinate translations and hand-outs.

This panel is sponsored by the comparative literature director. Volunteers to chair this panel will be welcomed.