On ne nait pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence by Bonnie MannOn ne nait pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence by Bonnie Mann

On ne nait pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a Sentence

EditorBonnie Mann, Martina Ferrari

Hardcover | August 31, 2017

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This collection of essays takes up the most famous feminist sentence ever written, Simone de Beauvoir's "On ne nait pas femme: on le devient," finding in it a flashpoint that galvanizes feminist thinking and action in multiple dimensions. Since its publication, the sentence has inspiredfeminist thinking and action in many different cultural and linguistic contexts. Two entangled controversies emerge in the life of this sentence: a controversy over the practice of translation and a controversy over the nature and status of sexual difference. Variously translated into English as"One is not born, but rather becomes a woman" (Parshley, 1953), "one is not born but rather becomes woman" (Borde and Malovany-Chevallier, 2010), and "women are made, not born" (in popular parlance), the conflict over the translation crystallizes the feminist debate over the possibilities andlimitations of social construction as a theory of sexual difference. When Sheila Malovany-Chevallier and Constance Borde (contributors to this volume), translated Le Deuxieme Sexe into English in 2010, their decision to alter the translation of the famous sentence by omitting the "a" ignited debatethat has not yet exhausted itself. The controversy over the English translation has opened a conversation about translation practices and their relation to meaning more generally, and broadens, in this volume, into an examination of the life of Beauvoir's key sentence in other languages andpolitical and cultural contexts as well. The philosophers, translators, literary scholars and historian who author these essays take decidedly different positions on the meaning of the sentence in French, and thus on its correct translation in a variety of languages - but also on the meaning and salience of the question of sexualdifference as it travels between languages, cultures, and political worlds.
Bonnie Mann is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. She is the author of Women's Liberation and the Sublime: Feminism, Postmodernism, Environment (Oxford 2006), and Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror (Oxford 2014). Martina Ferrari is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the Univ...
Title:On ne nait pas femme: on le devient: The Life of a SentenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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