EXISTENTIALIST FEMINISM IN SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR’S ‘SHE CAME TO STAY’: A CRITICAL STUDY

Drashti Purohit, Dr. Chetan Mewada

Abstract


The present paper aims to study the feminist approach of Simone De Beauvoir as presented in her novel ‘She Came to Stay’. This novel is studied on the view point of the feminist theory. Simone De Beauvoir is a French feminist writer. Her contribution as a French feminist is recognized worldwide. She put forward her feminist views in her seminal essay “The Second Sex”. She has also been influenced by the philosophy of Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger and Descartes among others. Some critics call her the follower of Sartrean philosophy though it is still the topic of debate. The researcher has studied and examined the thematic concerns of the novel which are primarily feminist. The researcher has also studied the art of character delineation which emphasize the themes. Thus, this is an attempt to place the French feminist Simone De Beauvoir in critical perspective and assess her views on feminism through her selected novel.

Keywords


Feminism, Feminist, Existential Feminism, French Feminism

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