Beauvoir’s masculinities: thinking about the first sex and beyond
a PAL lecture with Ursula Tidd
Wednesday, Oct 28,5pm
Reception at 4:30pm
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
Simone de Beauvoir’s is known and admired all over the world for The Second Sex, her pioneering and iconoclastic study of the situation of women and the construction of femininity in patriarchal society. But does Beauvoir also contribute to our understanding of masculinities? In this talk, Ursula Tidd will share her current work in progress on masculinities and The Second Sex with PAL’s audience.
Ursula Tidd is Professor of Modern French Literature and Thought at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the author of three monographs on Simone de Beauvoir: Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony (Cambridge University Press, 1999); Simone de Beauvoir (Routledge ‘Critical Thinkers’ series, 2004) and Simone de Beauvoir (Reaktion Books, ‘Critical Lives’ series, 2009) and one co-edited book with Jean-Pierre Boulé, Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema, A Beauvoirian Perspective (Berghahn Books, 2012), and articles and chapters across the range of Beauvoir’s work. Her most recent monograph is Jorge Semprún: Writing the European Other (Legenda/MHRA 2014), a study of the Buchenwald writings and thought of the Spanish Communist deportee, Jorge Semprún, which was supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and the British Academy.