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"On ne naît pas femme: on le devient . . . " The Life of a Sentence

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2018.06.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari (eds.), "On ne naît pas femme: on le devient . . . " The Life of a Sentence, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362 pp., $74.00, ISBN 9780190608811. Reviewed by Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn T. Gines), Pennsylvania State University This book has four sections:"Intellectual History", "History of Scandal", "The Philosophers' Debate", "The Labor of Translation." This robust collection of essays offers an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Beauvoir's most famous text, Le Deuxième Sexe (1949), translated The Second Sex by H.M. Parshley in 1952 (abridged) and by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier in 2010 (unabridged). More specifically, it examines the philosophical and feminist implications of the text's most famous sentence:"On ne naît pas femme: on le devient". This includes the perceived consequences of translating the sentence with the indefinite. . .

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