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“Who Reads The Second Sex Today? A Queer Translingual Contemporization”

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Published on Mar 7, 2017

As part of the Social Justice Institute Noted Scholars Lecture Series, co-presented by the Teacher Education for All! project at the University of British Columbia:

Dr. Kyoo (Q) Lee
Associate Professor of Philosophy,
The City University of New York, USA

March 1, 12-1pm
Room 028, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC

“Who Reads The Second Sex Today? A Queer Translingual Contemporization”

ABSTRACT: « On ne naît pas femme: on le devient. »: “One is not born but becomes (a) woman,” thus spake Simone de Beauvoir in Le deuxième sexe (1949), The Second Sex (1953, 2009). How, and in what language(s), would one read that line today in the age of gender variance and trans revolution? Why The Second Sex again? This lecture spotlights the queer translingual simplexity of the Beauvoirean lifeline, its conceptual genius that appears second to none.

BIO: Kyoo Lee, a resident philosopher at CUNY, author of Writing Entanglish (2015, Belladonna* Chapbook) and Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad (2012, Fordham UP), who also has co-edited journal issues on “Safe” (2011, Women’s Studies Quarterly) and “Xenophobia & Racism” (2014, Critical Philosophy of Race), is a theorist and writer who works widely in the intersecting fields of the Arts & the Humanities. Occasionally, she summer-teaches at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

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