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On ne naît pas femme: on le devientThe Life of a Sentence$
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Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190608811

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190608811.001.0001

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The Phenomenal Body Is Not Born; It Comes to Be a Body-Subject

The Phenomenal Body Is Not Born; It Comes to Be a Body-Subject

Interpreting The Second Sex

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On ne naît pas femme: on le devient

Carmen López Sáenz

Oxford University Press

Phenomenology distinguishes body-object (Körper) from lived body (Leib). It is interested in the latter, in the body that manifests itself to us in our lived experiences and gives them expression. Beauvoir’s phenomenology of sexual difference shares this starting point. This contribution continues Beauvoir’s hermeneutic by focusing on her well-known declaration: “On ne naît pas femme: on le devient,” keeping in mind that interpretations are given from and for certain situations; our situation is that of the 21st century and of phenomenological and feminist investigations. Given that translation is itself a mode of interpretation, this paper will show how The Second Sex has contributed to an understanding of the becoming of woman, first by giving an account of the hermeneutic understanding of translation, and next the phenomenological “style” of Beauvoir and the reciprocal influence between her and Merleau-Ponty, which opens the possibility of sexual difference without determinisms.

Keywords:   Key words, Phenomenology, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, translation, feminist

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