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Tom Chesworth

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

A Genealogy of Alienation in Post-Beauvoirian Philosophies of Gender

This thesis begins with an assessment of the role Marxism plays within Simone de Beauvoir’s Le deuxième sexe (1949), and particularly the ways in which Beauvoir utilises Marx’s concept of alienation to develop a radical philosophy of gender. The remainder of this thesis is tasked with exploring how traces of this philosophy of gendered alienation can be found in the works of later feminist, queer, and trans thinkers influenced by Beauvoir’s landmark text, particularly Shulamith Firestone, Monique Wittig, Judith Butler, Karen Barad, and Paul B. Preciado. 

Research Area

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Languages and Literature