From existentialist anxiety to existential joy: gendered journeys towards (re)commitment in Les Mandarins and Il rimorso as evidence of Simone de Beauvoir's influence on Alba de Céspedes' writing

Tonini, Sandrine (2010) From existentialist anxiety to existential joy: gendered journeys towards (re)commitment in Les Mandarins and Il rimorso as evidence of Simone de Beauvoir's influence on Alba de Céspedes' writing. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Whilst Simone de Beauvoir has become an icon of feminism, and The Second
Sex in particular been recognized as a point of reference for writers and
philosophers worldwide, her reputation in Italy was not established
immediately, and there she remains a controversial figure. This study focuses
on one aspect of her influence in Italy: the relationship between her writing and
that of the Italian best-selling author, Alba de Céspedes. It is the first in-depth
analysis of the complex pattern of influence evident in the relationship between
what the two authors have described as their most important novels, Les
Mandarins and Il rimorso. Part I deals with the historical and theoretical
backgrounds to this research. It provides a study of the socio-political events
that are relevant to the narrative contents, and an overview of different theories
of intertextuality. Part II is a detailed comparative analysis of the novels and
establishes for the first time the precise nature of the relationship between Les
Mandarins and Il rimorso ideologically and philosophically, as well as
intertextually. In particular, this work explores a number of superficial
resemblances between the novels’ structures, characterization and thematic
content, and it also reveals a more sophisticated relation that is not manifest in
the similarities, but rather in the way the texts differ from each other. This
thesis brings two significant contributions to literary research: firstly, it will
become evident that studies of de Céspedes’ life and works should include
close attention to de Beauvoir; and secondly, it is an addition to a popular area
of de Beauvoirian studies, that of the charting of the extent of the French
author’s philosophical and ideological influence and of its legacy worldwide.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Simone de Beauvoir, Alba de Céspedes, influence, women's studies, existentialism, intellectual commitment
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Italian
Supervisor's Name: Morris, Dr. Penelope and Fotiade, Dr. Ramona
Date of Award: 2010
Depositing User: Ms Sandrine Tonini
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-2215
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 09:44
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2215

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