Transcendence And Unmanence In Simone De Beauvosky's 'Second Sex'

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Introduction “Woman is the incidental, the inessential, as opposed to the essential. He is the subject, he is the absolute-she is the other’’ - SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, SECOND SEX Human existence is an ambiguous interplay between transcendence and immanence, yet men have privileged with expressing transcendence through projects, whereas women have been forced into the repetitive and uncreative life of immanence. Literature is an expression and it shared the feelings and emotions of a particular person with a group. Most probably, the writers write out their own experiences or else they write out some other’s experience. The experience may be tragic one or a comic one. Simone de Beauvoir in his book “Second Sex’’ remarks that: every human situation can be viewed from without-seen from the point of view of an outsider-or from within, in so far as the subject aaumes and at the same time transcends it. At first sight, Anastasya Verbitskaya (1861-1928) seems an unlikely candidate for rehabilitation. If she is mentioned at all in histories of Russian literature, she usually receives a critical reference as an exponent of ‘women’s prose’ (zhenskaia proza), which has been characterized by both contemporary and later critics, in Russia and the West, as a literature of trivial or sensational themes, obsessed by sentiment and romance, and couched in a weak or hysterical style. There are several good reasons for taking a fresh look at Verbitskaya’s work “Keys to

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