Time Trends in Simone de Beauvoir’s memoirs ‘Force of Circumstance’

Keywords: ‘Force of Circumstance’, memoirs, Simone de Beauvoir, time trends, creativity.


The conflict of civilizations has not been resolved at the beginning of the 21st century. Attempts to give a worthy place to the dominants of the Indian, African, Arab mentality fill in the gaps in modern literary criticism and reveal the ideas of literary works. Simone de Beauvoir was one of the first to draw attention to the oppression of the colonized peoples in the memoirs ‘Force of Circumstance’. The purpose of the article is to investigate the time trends in the memoirs by Simone de Beauvoir ‘Force of Circumstance’. The methodology is basically based on hermeneutics approach and biographical method. The most important results are the following. S. de Beauvoir interprets African and Algerian culture in order to refute the myth of the "minority" of the thinking of its bearers, to overcome the "secondary" in accordance with the European worldview. Time trends are non-standard choices of subjects and circumstances that contrast with the views of the "majority". S. de Beauvoir's nonconformist position on "white civilization" demonstrates progressive potential. S. de Beauvoir reproduced the general trends of the time, acted as an analyst of social processes. Many of her observations and conclusions have not lost their relevance today.


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Author Biographies

Svitlana Kryvoruchko, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Doctor of Science in Philology, Ph. D in Philology, Full Professor, Head of the Department of Foreign Literature and Slavic Languages, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Ilona Kostikova, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Doctor of Science in Education, Ph. D in Philology, Ph. D in Education, Full Professor, Head of Department of Theory and ractice of the English Language, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Olena Gulich, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Ph. D in Philology, Associate Professor, Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine.

Iryna Rudnieva, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.

Ph. D in Pedagogy, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of German and French Languages, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.


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How to Cite
Kryvoruchko, S., Kostikova, I., Gulich, O., & Rudnieva, I. (2022). Time Trends in Simone de Beauvoir’s memoirs ‘Force of Circumstance’. Amazonia Investiga, 11(52), 115-122. https://doi.org/10.34069/AI/2022.52.04.12