Alexander Ruch: “Beauvoir-in-America”

The Fall 2009 issue of Hypatia includes an article by Alexander Ruch (Literature, Duke University) that I thought would interest some of our readers. It’s entitled “Beauvoir‐in‐America: Understanding, Concrete Experience, and Beauvoir’s Appropriation of Heidegger in America Day by Day.” To access the online version of the article, please click here.

Here is the abstract:

This paper reads Simone de Beauvoir’s travel journal America Day by Day for its philosophical content. I argue that this work provides a unique approach to feminist, embodied philosophy, one that has been overlooked by the categorization of her writing into philosophical works and feminist ones. Such an approach, I contend, is enacted here through her use of Heidegger’s concept of the everyday to inform her own treatment of understanding and experience.

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