n French Studies in Southern Africa - Pour une vision humaniste de l'Amérique. Les journaux de voyages de Denis de Rougemont et Simone de Beauvoir

Volume 2007, Issue 37
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



On January 25th 1947, Simone de Beauvoir flew off to America where she would sojourn for four months. In September 1940, Denis de Rougemont settled there for the duration of the war. Two great European and world thinkers discovered the North American continent and the city of New York in particular, thus following in the footsteps of Paul Morand in the 1930s. The protestant and personalist intellectual and the existentialist spokeswoman were to describe their experiences, their joys, but also their doubts in two books which took the form of highly structured travel diaries: (1946) by Denis de Rougemont and (1948) by Simone de Beauvoir.

Despite these two books being written during two different historical periods, with the two intellectuals staying in the United States for different reasons and although they sometimes convey radically divergent views when it comes to the position of men (and women) in the world, somehow, these views find a common ground in a modern form of humanism which tends to be critical of the American reality. This common ground is the topic of this article which will attempt to analyse two consciousnesses and to understand them in their uniqueness.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error