Simone Beauvoir's novel She Came to Stay immerses readers in a 1930s Parisian social scene, thanks in part to the character Françoise. Eavesdropping with Françoise on a man and woman seated at a table in the Pȏle Nord café, readers of the novel hear the woman confide, “I've never been able to follow the rules of flirting. I have a morbid horror of being touched.”1 As Françoise invites us to turn our gaze toward another couple seated nearby, we observe a possible instance of the very discomfort to which the first woman has attested. A hapless female looks “uncertainly at a man's huge (grosse) hand that has just pounced on hers (s'abattre sur).”2 Of these two scenes from She Came to Stay, Jean-Paul Sartre memorializes only the second.3 As described by Sartre in Being and Nothingness, a man and a woman...
The View from Pȏle Nord: Sartre, Beauvoir, and Girard on Mimesis, Embodiment, and Desire
MARTHA J. REINEKE (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is professor of religion emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa. Reineke is the author of Sacrificed Lives: Kristeva on Women and Violence, published by Indiana University Press (1997) and Intimate Domain: Desire, Trauma, and Mimetic Theory published by Michigan State University Press (2014). She is the editor, with David Goodman, of Ana-María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion: The Road to the Living God published by Lexington Books (2017). She is president of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion.
Martha J. Reineke; The View from Pȏle Nord: Sartre, Beauvoir, and Girard on Mimesis, Embodiment, and Desire. Contagion: Journal of Violence Mimesis and Culture 1 May 2023; 30 1–27. doi: https://doi.org/10.14321/contagion.30.0001
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