Thursday, January 9, 2020

New records added to Simone Weil Bibliography

Over 30 new records have been  added to the online version of the bibliography  https://simoneweil.library.ucalgary.ca

 4, 367 records are now posted and I have about 600 I am working on and continue to collect more!  I hope over the next few months to be able to add a significant portion of the currently identified records.  Please let me know of works I am missing.

The bibliography is fully keyword searchable and you can also limit your search to particular author, date, keyword, language and/or reference type

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Flannery O'Connor

Over the years I have collected a number of works on Weil and Flannery O'Connor:


Beaulieu, Paul. 2000. "Simone Weil et Flannery O'Connor: Deux femmes face a l'absolu." Ecrits 100: 77-94.

Desmond, John F. 2005. "Flannery O'Connor and Simone Weil - A question of sympathy." Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 8 (1):102-116.

Desmond, John F. 2010. "Flannery O'Connor, Simone Weil, Writing, and the Crucifixion." Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 13 (1):35-52. doi: 10.1353/log.0.0064.

Doering, Elizabeth Jane. 2011. "Simone Weil e il mistero della grazia: Due testimonianze sulla sua fede cristiana: Don Georges Frénaud, O.S.B. e Flannery O'Connor." In Simone Weil: Dentro e fuori la Chiesa?, edited by Paolo Farina and Domenico Marrone, 179-194. Barletta: Rotas.

Foss, Jerome C. 2019. Flannery O’Connor and the Perils of Governing by Tenderness, Politics, Literature and Film. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Brief mention of O'Connor's thoughts on Weil p. 10-11

Gordon, Sarah. 2017. "Flannery O'Connor, the Left-Wing Mystic and the German Jew: A Reconsideration." In A Political Companion to Flannery O'Connor, edited by Henry T Edmondson, 126-144. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

Hayes, John, ed. 2017. The Selected Writings of Maurice O'Connor Drury: On Wittgenstein, Philosophy, Religion and Psychiatry. London: Bloomsbury.

Johansen, Ruthann Knechel. 2010. "Simone Weil's Ethic of the Other: Explicating Fictions through Fiction, or Looking through the Wrong End of the Telescope " CrossCurrents 60 (1):70-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3881.2010.00107.x.

Johansen, Ruthann Knechel. 2012. "Transfiguring Affliction: Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor." In Dark faith: new essays on Flannery O'Connor's the violent bear it away, edited by Susan Srigley, 104-117. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press.

Maxwell, Catherine Anne. 1998. "A Comparative Study of Form and Theology in the Works of Flannery O'Connor and Simone Weil." PhD Diss, English, University of Leeds.

Schmidt, Lawrence E., and Scott McLoughlin Marratto. 2000. "The Measure of Justice: the Language of Limit as Key to Simone Weil's Political Philosophy." ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 28:53-66.


Additionally there are these two articles I have yet to verify:

Doering, E Jane, and Ruthann Knechel Johansen. "Prophetic Voices: Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor." Philosophical Investigations https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/phin.12262


Doering, Elizabeth Jane. 2013. "Faire Pousser des ailes contre la pensanteur: Simone Weil et l'art de Flannery O'Connor." Cahiers Simone Weil 36 (1):43-56.



Black Theology

Pick in her 2019 article "Film's Religious Algorithm." Paragraph 42 (3):387-402, notes that “the time is ripe for exploring the affinities (and misalliances) between Weil’s philosophy, black radical thought and black theology. “ (p. 391)


Monday, December 16, 2019

Philosophical Investigations


If you have access to Philosophical Investigations, the early view articles  focus on Weil.  Titles include:

Doering, E Jane, and Ruthann Knechel Johansen. "Prophetic Voices: Simone Weil and Flannery O'Connor."  

Kinsey, John. "Mathematics and the Mystical in the Thought of Simone Weil."

McGhee, Michael. "The Rarer Action’: Winch goes to Maharbaleshwar."

Morgan, Vance G. ""Pleasure and Joy in the Work”: Using Simone Weil in the Classroom."  

Rozelle-Stone, Adrian Rebecca. "Elastic Worker: Time‐Sense, Energy and the Paradox of Resilience."  

Schmidt, Lawrence E. "André Naud: From Vatican II to Simone Weil."  

Springsted, Eric. "Having an Inner Life."


Friday, December 13, 2019

Massive amount of writing on Weil

When Debra Jensen and I first began the Simone Weil bibliography in 2005 with the intent to update the bibliographies previously prepared by Little, we never imagined the extent of material annually produced.  This project has required considerable time and effort and at times feels a bit overwhelming! We should have paid attention to Thomas Nevin's warning in his 2000 work Simone Weil: Portrait of a Self-exiled Jew that "the proliferation of writing on Weil since 1979 would seem to make further supplements a gargantuan undertaking." (p. 459)  Currently, I am locating a yearly average of over 200 works with significant content on Weil.  Of course there are many more works which briefly mention or  simply quote Weil.  A search on google scholar for the phrase "Simone Weil"  retrieves over 1700 hits for 2019 alone! Culling through all this output for substantive content is a very labour intensive process!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Weil's influence on Michel Serres

I am constantly amazed at the number of people that have been influenced by Weil.

The late philosopher Michel Serres, member of the French Academy and philosophy professor at Stanford left mathematics to study philosophy after reading Gravity and Grace.  
See:  https://news.stanford.edu/2019/06/19/renowned-french-philosopher-michel-serres-dies-88/

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Simone Weil's papers



In the last week I have received two inquiries about how to locate the original of Weil's writings. So I thought I would try to post this more widely.



The Institute for Advanced Studies in their Historical Studies - Social Science Library located in Princeton has a microfilm copy:


Their catalogue https://library.ias.edu/hs lists the following:

The link below will take you to the Bibliothèque nationale de France record for her archives -


https://archivesetmanuscrits.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cc58821s



Note you need to email the BnF if you are interested in making arrangement to view her papers.