Sartre and Beauvoir wanted to create a new kind of relationship between a man and a woman, based on mutual freedom and openness. Sartre did not seek this kind of a relationship with the other women he was enamoured of, and his relations with Beauvoir were grounded in their common aim
of writing, in which both were equal partners. With other women he adopted a 'provisional morality' which varied according to the different situations of the women in question. The moral judgements that could be made about the nature of the relationships, about which much is still not known,
should not override a better knowledge both of Sartre's work or of the facts of the individual situations.
Journal of Romance Studies promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences, and anthropology. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures may be included. Issues cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.