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Translating and Reading The Second Sex in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s

In: Simone de Beauvoir Studies
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  • 1 Masaryk University, Czech Republic, Brno
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Abstract

The Czech translation of selected parts of The Second Sex was published in 1966. The Slovak translation, published in 1967, was nearly the complete text. Attitudes toward Beauvoir’s feminism can be observed in two Czech academic journals (Sociologický časopis [Czech sociological review] and Filosofický časopis [Philosophical review]) and in a debate in Literární noviny (Literary review). The author focuses on the context of both translations and describes the reactions to the Czech translation both in the academy and by the general public.

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