Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Elizabeth Bishop


Marcel Inhoff as just published the article "“Ladies and Gents, Ladies and Gents” – Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Bishop and Female Autobiographies in American Postwar Literature" in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. It is available to subscribers as an early article published online May 13, 2020.

In this article Inhoff extensively discusses Weil's impact on McCarthy and Bishop. Inhoff notes that "Bishop's connection to Weil has never been explored" (p. 5) but I have located one article with considerable discussion of Weil and Bishop:  


Lafford, Erin. 2011. "Elizabeth Bishop's  'Dappled Thing': Visual Counterpoint and Devotional Attention in 'The Man-Moth'    "  Literature and Theology 25 (3):252-267. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frr021.

Joan Dargan's 1999 book Simone Weil: Thinking Poetically also includes some reference to Weil and Bishop.



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Few more works on John Rawls and Weil

Four years ago I posted one reference I located on Rawls and Weil, the work by Heifetz and Minelli.  Today, I just located a 2018 thesis focussed on Rawls and Weil and have also identified two other works touching on Rawls and Weil.

De Martino, Chiara 2018. "Prospettive per una metafisica pubblica: John Rawls e Simone Weil a confronto." MA Thesis, Philosophy, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele.   https://www.academia.edu/38030074/PROSPETTIVE_PER_UNA_METAFISICA_PUBBLICA_JOHN_RAWLS_E_SIMONE_WEIL_A_CONFRONTO?email_work_card=title
Heifetz, Aviad, and Enrico Minelli. 2016. "Overlapping Consensus Thin and Thick: John Rawls and Simone Weil."  Philosophical Investigations 39 (4):362-384.
Lassman, Peter. 2000. "Politics and 'The Fragility of the Ethico-Cultural'."  History of the Human Sciences 13 (1):125-139.
Bell, Richard H. 1998. Simone Weil: The Way of Justice as Compassion, Twentieth-Century Political Thinkers. Lanham, MD.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Weil's impact in Sweden

Just added a work by Marta Ronne "Decoding a Genius Mind - The French Philosopher Simone Weil and the Swedish Critic Margit Abenius" published in From Darwin to Weil: Women as Transmitters of Ideas pp. 139-157.  This work talks about how Abenius introduced Weil to Sweden.

Back in a 2012 post I noted then that I only had located 6 works published in Swedish. The online bibliography currently includes 20 works in Swedish on Weil and I have a few more I am working on.  The National Library of Sweden's catalogue is a great source to identify both Swedish books and articles on Weil.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Weil and Mauriac

In March of 2019  I spent a wonderful 3 days at the Library of Congress  reviewing the last 7 years of issues of Cahiers  to verify articles and to identify new articles from their excellent listings of recent publications.   One such article identified by these listings at the back of each volume is the 1998 work by Olivier on Weil and Mauriac.  I have listed below this work and others collected on Mauriac and Weil published since 1995.

Croc, Paul. 1995. "François Mauriac et Simone Weil."  Cahiers Simone Weil 18 (2):155-167.
Ollivier, Sophie. 1998. "Force et justice chez Simone Weil et François Mauriac."  Nouveaux cahiers François Mauriac 6:58-71.
Turai, Laura. 2007. "Mauriac et la pensée weilienne."MA, Université Catholique Pázmány Péter de Piliscsaba 
Gutbrod, Gizella. 2010. "Notes sur le rapport entre Simone Weil et François Mauriac."  Acta Academiae Paedagogicae Agriensis Sectio Romanica 36:23-38. http://francia.ektf.hu/kiadvanyok/acta_1.pdf
Gutbrod, Gizella. 2017. "Notes sur le rapport entre Simone Weil et François Mauriac."  Cahiers Simone Weil 40 (1):51-70.
Touzot, Jean. 2019. "Weil Simone 1909-1943." In Dictionnaire François Mauriac, edited by Caroline Casseville and Jean Touzot, 1163-1164. Paris: Honoré Champion.

Theses on Weil - out there but hidden!

A search on DART - Europe E-Theses Portal provides you with access to over 800,000 open access theses but a search for  Simone Weil only retrieves 19 items! This result is not very reflective of what is actually available! 

So far I have collected over 300 theses published since 1995 (vast majority were published outside the US) and over 50 percent are available open access!  288 of the discovered theses are currently listed in the online bibliography

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Porete and Weil

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by COVID -19.   While I am sheltering in place, I will try to use this time to work on the bibliography.

Today, I located this reference to a work comparing Weil and Marguerite Porete:

Nogueira, Maria Simone Marinho. 2019. "Aniquilamento e descriação: uma aproximação entre Marguerite Porete e Simone Weil."  Trans/Form/Ação 42:193-216. https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-3173.2019.v42esp.11.p193 

A search on the Simone Weil Bibliography online retrieves a further 6 references on this topic.

Friday, February 7, 2020

George Steiner

The past week saw the passing of influential literary critic George Steiner.   I have collected a number of articles about Steiner and Weil as well as works by Steiner on Weil.