Friday, June 30, 2017

Update to Simone Weil Bibliography

Over 350 works just added to online bibliography.  Total of titles listed online now stands at 3,386.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Oscar Wilde

Joseph Otón Catalán's  2001  work  Vigías del abismo: Experiencia mística y pensamiento contemporáneo (Maliano, Cantabria: Sal Terrae)  includes a section comparing Weil to Oscar Wilde.  See pages 40 -43.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Chapter on Weil in a 2017 work on Diane Arbus, Hannah Arendt, Diane Didion and Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag and Simone Weil

See a Chapter 1:

Nelson, Deborah. "Simone Weil: Thinking Tragically in the Age of Trauma." Tough Enough: Arbus Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 15-44.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Search and browse functions now available on the Simone Weil Bibliography

I am pleased to announce that you can once again either keyword search through the Simone Weil Bibliography and/or limit your search to a particular keyword, author, document type or year by using the "Show only items where".  Selecting "Search" under Biblio will bring up the keyword and browse/limit options.

Instructions I have posted on the website:

It is best to select Search  which will open up a search box.  You can then also select "Show Only Items Where" to see a browse list of authors, material type, years and keywords from which you can select term(s) to limit your search.  The list of results can be sorted by sorted by author, keyword, format or year (note that only English language works and a select number of works in other languages currently have been assigned subject keywords).  Please contact me if you need a more thorough search of the database.
When viewing the brief record  you need to click on the title of the work to see any URLs to free full-text, annotations and list of keywords.  


The 2014 work by Aviv Amit published by Palgrave Macmillan entitled Regional Language Policies in France during World War II  contains a brief discussion of the impact of Weil's writings on Occitanism.


So far I have identified a number of works on Weil and the Cathars:

Hanratty, Gerald. "The Cathar Mysticism of Simone Weil." Studies in Gnosticism and in the Philosophy of Religion. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1997. 117-27. 
This chapter begins with a brief discussion of Weil’s attraction to the Cathars arguing this attraction was to an idealized view as Weil’s knowledge of the movement and their teachings were somewhat limited.   Hanratty suggests Weil was attracted to an attitude among the Cathars that resonated with her own; their view of themselves as standing in opposition and in many ways, superior to the prevailing beliefs and customs of their time.  He goes on to identify some of the heretical aspects of Weil’s thought including her postulation of a universal mystical revelation running through a diverse number of religious teachings and philosophies, her denunciation and rejection of the Hebrew Bible and the God she saw portrayed within it, her fiercely individualistic spirituality and subsequent distrust of the collective dimensions of religion, her privileging of knowledge and subsequently the intellect as the primary mode of access to transcendent truth or reality, her heterodox interpretation of the incarnation and finally her tendency to extreme religious practices, experiences and self-abnegation.  In the second half of the chapter, Hanratty looks at the affinities of Weil’s thought with the teachings of the Cathars, especially her postulation of a gulf between necessity and the good, the ‘small part of the soul’ which allows access to transcendent truth, her view of the incarnation as the mediating event between this radically dualist view of the necessary and the good, and finally her view that personal decreation, the voluntary destruction of the ‘I’ or ego, would lead to the divinization of the individual self.

Lafon, Jean-Marc. "Une Mémoire Disputé? Les Avatars Du Catharisme Albigeois Sous Vichy." Heresis 33 (2000): 79-98. 

Rybakova, Maria. "Two Genders of the Soul: Regarding the Love of God." Arion 16.1 (2008): 119-29.  Rybakova rejects Francine du Plessix Gray's suggestion Simone Weil deliberately adopted 'masculine' clothing in an effort to disguise or deny her gender.  Rybakova  draws on Weil's interest in the Cathars and her interest in the Christian mystical tradition, including her own experience described in the Prologue to argue Weil's view of love calls for a transcendence and not rejection of gender.

Smith, Andrew Philip. The Lost Teachings of the Cathars : Their Beliefs & Practices. London: Watkins, 2015.   See section "Simone Weil" pages 182-184 and page 194.
Veltri, Francesca. La Citta Perduta : Simone Weil e l'universo di Linguadoca. 2nd revised, enhanced and corrected edition ed. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2006. 
Zambon, Francesco. "La douleur et le mal dans La Doctrine Cathare et chez Simone Weil." Cahiers Simone Weil 19.1 (1996): 1-17. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

August Conference in France

August 1 to the 8th there will be a conference on Weil entitled: Simone Weil,réception et transposition  in  Cerisy-la-Salle - France