My essay on Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins

My essay on Simone de Beauvoir’s Goncourt Prize winning novel The Mandarins was published early in 2020. Here’s the pdf. Note that there is a snafu with notes 22 and 23 in the wrong place (I only have a pdf of the proofs). The full reference is: Toril Moi, “Acknowledging the Other: Reading, Writing, and Living in The Mandarins,” Yale French Studies nos. 135 & 136 (2019): 100-115. (Special issue: “Existentialism, 70 Years After”, edited by Lauren du Graf, Julia Elsky, and Clémentine Fauré.)

British Academy Master-Mind Lecture on Simone de Beauvoir

On March 20th I will give the “Master-Mind” lecture at the British Academy, on Simone de Beauvoir. This is only the second time since the “Master-Mind” lectures began in 1914 that the selected “Master-Mind” is a woman. How fitting that the one woman found worthy of inclusion in the series was a writer Beauvoir admired enormously in her youth, namely George Eliot. For more information about the event, click here.

2013 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture in London

On Friday March 8 (International Women’s Day!) I will give the 2013 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, organized by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies and Queen Mary, both at the University of London.

The title is “Simone de Beauvoir and the Metaphysical Novel: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of the Other in L’Invitée (She Came to Stay)” The venue is Macmillan Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Since there will be a reception, the organizers are asking for an RSVP by Friday 1 March, bty email to, or by telephone 020 7862 8738.

When I was young and unemployed, Malcolm Bowie supported my work. It is an honor to have the opportunity to give a lecture in his memory.

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