Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective

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Jean-Pierre Boulé, Ursula Tidd
Berghahn Books, Sep 30, 2012 - Performing Arts - 198 pages
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Simone de Beauvoir's work has not often been associated with film studies, which appears paradoxical when it is recognized that she was the first feminist thinker to inaugurate the concept of the gendered 'othering' gaze. This book is an attempt to redress this balance and reopen the dialogue between Beauvoir's writings and film studies. The authors analyse a range of films, from directors including Claire Denis, Michael Haneke, Lucille Hadzihalilovic, Sam Mendes, and Sally Potter, by drawing from Beauvoir's key works such as The Second Sex (1949), The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947) and Old Age (1970).


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Chapter 1 Beauvoirs Children
Chapter 2 Devenir Mere
Chapter 3 Claire Deniss Chocolat and the Politics of Desire
Chapter 4 Revolutionary Road and The Second Sex
Chapter 5 Simone de Beauvoir Melodrama and the Ethics of Transcendence
Chapter 6 La Petite Jerusalem
Chapter 7 How Am I Not Myself?
Chapter 8 Encounters with the Third Age
Chapter 9 Eastwood Reading Beauvoir Reading Eastwood
Chapter 10 Les Belles Images?
Chapter 11 Feminist Phenomenology and the Films of Sally Potter

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About the author (2012)

Jean-Pierre Boulé is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University and the author of a number of books, notably on Sartre, including Sartre médiatique (1992) and Sartre, Self-Formation and Masculinities (2005). He is the co-founder of the U.K. Sartre Society and executive editor of Sartre Studies International. His most recent books include Jean-Paul Sartre: Mind and Body, Word and Deed, co-edited with Benedict O'Donohoe (2011) and a companion volume to the present one, Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective, co-edited with Enda McCaffrey (2011).

Ursula Tidd is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of three monographs: Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony (1999); Simone de Beauvoir, Routledge 'Critical Thinkers' series (2004) and Simone de Beauvoir Reaktion 'Critical Lives' series (2009) as well as articles and chapters on Beauvoir's autobiographies, fiction, and philosophy. She is currently writing a monograph on the Francophone Spanish Holocaust writer Jorge Semprún (forthcoming with Legenda/MHRA 2013).

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