Dr CLAUDINE MONTEIL, PhDProfile

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Dr Monteil is a French feminist and a writer. She received her PhD from Nice university in 1984 and wrote her dissertation on Simone de Beauvoir: l’engagement féministe dans son oeuvre et dans sa vie ( “Feminist Commitment in the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir”). She is one of the founders of the French feminist movement (1970) and a specialist on Simone de Beauvoir. Monteil was long a close friend of Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Beauvoir’s sister, the painter Hélène de Beauvoir. Her publications on the Beauvoirs, Sartre and French feminism have been translated into multiple languages, and have led to numerous interviews and articles on her life and work as an internationally recognized feminist and author. Widely sought as speaker in France and abroad, she has lectured at many institutions, including Bryn Mawr College, Oxford University, the Universities of Stockholm, Göteborg, Paris, Lisbon, Ankara, Istanbul, Turin, Norman, Cincinnatti, Rome, Newcastle and Pittsburgh.

Dr Claudine Monteil was born to a family of French scientists. She was inspired by her mother who found the strength to pursue a career as an academic and as a chemist after World War II when the scientific world was reluctant to accept women in research positions and academia. Bilingual in French and English, Monteil spent part of her childhood in Paris, France, and in Princeton, New Jersey, where her father, a mathematician, visited the Institute for Advanced Study. She later enjoyed a junior year abroad at Haverford College, Pennsylvania. She is also fluent in Russian, which she learned in high school and summer schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Kiev and Sotchi.

In March 2002, she was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, a Knight of the French Legion of Honor, one of her country’s highest Orders, for her contribution to women’s rights.

Claudine Monteil

Previous Research Position

• September 1 – October 6 2007: Director’s Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Education

• 1984 (June): Doctorat (Troisième Cycle, Histoire). Université de Nice (Highest Honors): Simone de Beauvoir: L’engagement féministe dans sa vie et son œuvre. (Feminist Commitment in the Life and Work of Simone de Beauvoir). 310 pages. Degree equivalent: Ph.D., Modern French History.

• 1978 (November): Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en Lettres Modernes (DEA) Université de Paris VIII, Femmes, Culture, Idéologie (Women, Culture and Ideology). Degree of specialization in Modern French Literature.

• 1972 (December): Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes, Université de Paris VIII. L’Image de la femme dans la société contemporaine, Simone de Beauvoir (The Image of Women in Contemporary Society: Simone de Beauvoir). Degree Equivalent: M.A., Modern French Literature.

• 1972 (February): Licence de Lettres Modernes. Université de Paris VIII. Degree equivalent: B.A., Modern French Literature.

Publications Books

• Simone de Beauvoir, modernité et engagement, (Simone de Beauvoir, modern and committed) ed L’Harmattan, Paris septembre 2009.

• Simone de Beauvoir, côté femme, cinquante histoires (Simone de Beauvoir: Her Life as a Woman. Fifty Stories. [Illustrated]). Paris: Editions Timée, 2006. 143 pages. ISBN-10: 29 155 86 42 X .Translations into Chinese ( Sea Sky Publishing House, June 2007); translations into Japanese, Korean and Greek under discussion.

• Les Sœurs Beauvoir (The Beauvoir Sisters). Paris: Editions 1, 2003. 302 pages. ISBN- 28 46 12 11 33. Translations: English (Seal Press, Avalon Group, 2004); Spanish (Las Ediciones Circe, 2004); Korean: Shilcheonmunhak, 2005); German (Nymphenburger-verlag, 2007); Chinese (Yilin Press, forthcoming in 2007).

• Les Amants des Temps Modernes, Oona et Charles Chaplin (Lovers of Modern Times: Oona and Charles Chaplin). Paris: Editions 1, 2002. 305 pages. (with the testimonies of the Chaplin’s children, including the actress Geraldine Chaplin).ISBN- 28 46 12 02 26. Translations: Portuguese (Editorial Inquerito, 2002); Greek (Kastoniatis, forthcoming in 2008)

• Les Amants de la Liberté, l’aventure de Jean-Paul Sartre et de Simone de Beauvoir dans le siècle (Lovers of Liberty: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, a Twentieth-Century Adventure). Paris: Editions 1, 1999. 321 pages. ISBN-10: 28 63 91 95 71.

◦Paperback edition: Paris: Flammarion, “J’ai Lu” collection (no. 6133), 1999. ISBN-13: 978 286 39 19 576. Translations: Portuguese (Editorial Inquerito, 2000); Greek (Kastoniatis, 2001); Chinese (Yilin Press 2001); Swedish (Nordstedts, 2002); Rumanian (Editura Vivaldi, 2004); Turkish (Can Yayinlari, 2005); Japanese (Fujiwara Shoten, 2006)

• Simone de Beauvoir, Le Mouvement des Femmes, Mémoires d’une Jeune Fille Rebelle (Simone de Beauvoir and the Feminist Movement: Memoir of a Rebellious Daughter). Outremont, Quebec: Editions Internationales Alain Stanké, 1995. 180 pages. ISBN- 27 60 40 50 28. French Edition: Paris: Editions du Rocher, 1996. Translations: Swedish (Bokförlaget Atlas, 1996); Japanese (Fujiwara-Shoten, 1999)

Selected published articles

• “Hommage à Eleanor Roosevelt et Hansa Mehta, pionnières de la Déclaration des droits de l’Homme” (A tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt and Hansa Mehta, pionneers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) LMag n°285, December 2008;

• “Hommage à Lorraine Rothman: en pleine guerre du Vietnam, une féministe lutte pour la santé des femmes” (”A tribute to Lorraine Rothman: during the Vietnam War, a feminist fights for women’s health”) LMag n°276, February 2008.

• “Feministe au quotidien”, “Simone de Beauvoir, a Feminist activist day by day” Le Monde 2, special issue of Le Monde, 12 January 2008, reproduction of an article already published in Le Monde January 10, 1978 for the seventieth birthday of the writer.

• “Hommage à Hedy Lamarr : en pleine deuxième Guerre mondiale, l’actrice sous les lumières d’Hollywood devient une scientifique de l’ombre” (« A tribute to Hedy Lamarr : during World War II, the actress under Hollywood spotlights becomes a secret scientist ») LMag n°270 July-August 2007.

• “De Simone de Beauvoir à Nawal al-Saadawi” (“From Simone de Beauvoir to Nawal al-Saadawi”). LMag 263 (December) 2006. (International homage to Simone de Beauvoir on the twentieth anniversary of her death and report on the conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society in Rome. See Guest Lectures, below.)

• “The Modernity of Simone de Beauvoir in the Context of Globalization: the Status of Women Twenty Years after Her Death.” LMag 263, December 2006.

• Cinquantenaire du Deuxième Sexe. “L’héritage politique de Beauvoir: Simone de Beauvoir et le mouvement des femmes, un témoignage” (“The Political Heritage of Simone de Beauvoir and the Feminist Movement: an Eyewitness Account”). Paris: Editions Syllepse, 2002.

 CLAUDINE MONTEIL

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