Claudine Monteil

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Claudine Monteil in 2012

Claudine Monteil (born 1949) is a French writer and women's rights specialist. She holds a Ph.D. based on study of Simone de Beauvoir's writings and life. Her mother, Dr Josiane Serre, was a chemist who became the director of the Ecole Normale Superieure de Jeunes Filles.[1] Her father is Fields Medal and Abel prize winning mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre.

Monteil is one of the founders of the women's rights movement in 1970 along with being a specialist on Simone de Beauvoir. While working on women's rights, she was a long close friend of Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Beauvoir's sister, the painter Hélène de Beauvoir. Her writings on the Beauvoirs, Sartre and French feminism, have been translated into multiple languages.[2]


  • "Simone de Beauvoir, modernité et engagement" éditions L'Harmattan, "Simone de Beauvoir, modern and committed"
  • Simone de Beauvoir, côté femme, Timée-éditions (English: Simone de Beauvoir, her story as a woman) - translated into Chinese and Japanese
  • Les Sœurs Beauvoir (English: The Beauvoir Sisters) - translated in English, Korean, Spanish, German, Chinese and Italian.
  • Les Amants de la liberté, Sartre et Beauvoir dans le siècle (English: The Lovers of Freedom, Sartre and Beauvoir in the Century) - translated into Greek, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Romanian and Turkish
  • Simone de Beauvoir le mouvement des femmes, mémoires d'une jeune fille rebelle (English: Simone de Beauvoir the women's movement, memories of a girl rebel) - translated into Japanese and Swedish.
  • "Les Amants des Temps Modernes, Oona et Charles Chaplin" (English: Lovers of Modern Times: Oona and Charles Chaplin) - translated into Greek and Portuguese.
  • "Simone de Beauvoir, modernité et engagement" "Simone de Beauvoir, modernity and commitment" éditions L'Harmattan, Paris, 2009.
  • "Complots mathématiques à Princeton" "Mathematical plots in Princeton" Odile Jacob publishing house,(thriller), Paris,2010.

New publication:

- "Simone de Beauvoir et les femmes aujourd'hui" (by-line, "Simone de Beauvoir and women today") Editions Odile Jacob, Paris 2011

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