Les configurations de l'autre dans L’Invitée de Simone de Beauvoir
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Since Freud, the role of alterity has represented a large subject of analysis in the studies of identity construction. The psychoanalysts like Erikson treated the notion of the Other as essential and active in the process of developing one’s identity. My analysis of L’Invitée, Simone de Beauvoir’s first real novel, will be an exploration of the relationship between the notion of the Other and identity or conscience. I believe that L’Invitée is a particularly interesting work to analyze because there are fewer studies on L’Invitée than other novels by Simone de Beauvoir; in addition, while these studies have focused on certain aspects of alterity, such as on a specific character, I will present an analysis of the Other that incorporates many of the characters and configurations of alterity that arise in the various relationships formed throughout the novel. In making parallels between the multiple pairs and trios, I hope to reach conclusions that will clearly depict the role of alterity in L’Invitée as based on a certain theory.