Subject Area: French

Aesthetics of Dislocation in French and Francophone Literature and Art: Strategies of Representation
2009 0-7734-4919-1
This work specifically addresses the productive quality of states of dislocation in Francophone literature, cinema and visual culture. It is the first volume to substantially study dislocation within the French and Francophone cultures.

Alain-Fournier and Le Grand Meaulnes (the Wanderers)
1999 0-7734-8189-3
This groundbreaking volume revolutionizes the field of Fournier studies. His life is discussed and his interest in Primitivism is shown for the first time. Le grand Meaulnes is show to be a Primitivist novel, and its structure is explained. It discusses literary influences on the novel as well as the literary influence that the novel has had on the works of other writers. Most significantly the novel is viewed within its proper historical context for the first time.

An English Translation and Commentary on Amand Vanderhagen’s mÉthode Nouvelle Et RaisonneÉ Pour La Clarinette (1785) and nouvelle MÉthode De Clarinette (1799): A Study in Eighteenth-Century French Clarinet Music
2010 0-7734-3805-X
This work provides for the first time, the complete English translations and analyses of the first known, Classical-era pedagogical treatises for the clarinet. The project makes available valuable information on performance techniques used by Classical-era clarinetists, particularly in Amand Vanderhagen’s discussions of the embouchure, reeds, and embellishments. In addition, it demonstrates Vanderhagen’s influence on subsequent clarinetists.

An English Translation of Alfred De Vigny’s daphnÉ: La DeuxiÈme Consultation Du Docteur Noir/daphne: The Second Consultation of Doctor Noir
2010 0-7734-3647-2
Daphne: The Second Consultation of Doctor Noiris based on the life of Julian, the fourth-century Roman Emperor often called the Apostate, or the last pagan. This is the first translation of the nineteenth-century French.

An English Translation of HonorÉ De Balzac's Novel wann-Chlore
2005 0-7734-6062-4
The early work of a once-struggling author who subsequently became a major contributor to world literature represents a fascinating incursion into the making of a literary genius. Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) dropped out of law school in 1820 and began his literary career in Paris as a hack writer, producing reams of pulp fiction to help pay the rent for his unheated apartment. He dreamed of early recognition of his talent, but found himself relegated to the quick production of fairly insipid romantic novels, sold primarily to “cabinets de lecture,” or neighborhood public libraries. Yet Balzac persisted in his quest for literary fame. In 1825, at the age of 26, he placed all his hopes in Wann-Chlore, his most elaborate novel to date, which he felt certain would soon consecrate him as a major writer in France. Unfortunately, Wann-Chlore failed to impress Parisian critics. Utterly dejected, Balzac abandoned literature to become instead an obscure and unsuccessful publisher. Seven years later, riddled with debts, Balzac returned to writing as a desperate measure to fend off creditors. This time, success was immediate. From 1832 to his death in 1850, he wrote over eighty novels, most of which are still in print to this day, and secured for himself the place he had longed for in the pantheon of world-famous authors. It is today an illuminating experience to revisit Balzac’s juvenilia and discover the burgeoning talent it exemplifies. Among all of Balzac’s early works, Wann-Chlore represents the most accomplished effort of a young writer on the threshold of success. Recently reprinted by two major publishing houses in Paris and rediscovered by French readers, Wann-Chlore is now made available to American scholars and general readers in this first-ever English translation of the original 1825 edition.

An English Translation of Jean Renaut’s galeran De Bretagne, a Thirteenth-Century French Romance
2008 0-7734-5096-3
This is the first translation into English of this notable and important love poem. The ambitious work, carefully written and constructed, is consciously part of the formation of a literature in the vernacular using material other than Classical or Scriptural, following Marie de France and Chrétien de Troyes. Of especial interest is the portrait of the heroine with qualities of mind and character that more than match those of the hero.

An English Translation of “the Princes of Jargon” by Alice Becker-Ho
2004 0-7734-6304-6
From French to English

This groundbreaking, comparative study of dangerous-class slangs in use across ten countries, from Europe to the Americas, brings to light the common influences that have helped to shape them over the last five hundred years. The author begins by examining the social, political and linguistic impact that the coming of the Gypsies had on fifteenth-century Europe. Quotations from a variety of authors show the continuing interaction down the centuries between Gypsies and all kinds of social strata including the criminal or ‘dangerous’ classes. It is the author’s clearly stated aim to build and expand upon the pioneering analysis of slang etymology begun by Marcel Schwob and Georges Guieysse in the 1890s, and to distinguish between argot and the forms of ‘media speak’ that nowadays masquerade as slangs. Central to the work is an extensive glossary of French argot terms, their Gypsy stems and other European slang cognates. The appended ‘Supplement’ finds the author expanding on related themes such as the significance of the French term affranchi and the role of Yiddish, which along with Gypsy, emerge as the mother tongues of European slangs.

An Investigation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Posthumously Published Notebooks for an Ethics
2000 0-7734-7793-4
This study explores Sartre’s reflections on morality in his posthumously published Cahiers Pour Une Morale. In particular it describes and elucidates the key concepts and ideas that might suggest Sartre’s conception of ‘une morale’ in 1947-48. In Notebooks, Sartre offers an analysis, missing in Being and Nothingness, of how one may reflectively overcome bad faith and live one’s life authentically. This book contributes to the general scholarship on Sartre in two other important ways. It attempts to say, systematically what Sartre’s ethics is not (or can not be), given his ontological commitments. Second, it offers a sustained Sartrean criticism of Kant’s moral theory, and in particular, it attempts to show why Sartre did not accept Kant’s principle of universalizability.

AndrÉ Chamson, 1900-1983
2006 0-7734-5506-X
This critical biography, in two volumes, fills a gap in an important area of twentieth-century French Studies – there is no biography of André Chamson in English. Some exist in French, but this writer is only familiar to English readers and scholars through his better-known novels. André Chamson’s place in French literature is assured in France, but his work is not well-known in Britain or in other English-speaking communities, mainly owing to the lack of scholarly criticism and biographical studies in existence in the English language. The works of Chamson have much to offer Anglophone readers, in terms of providing a more detailed and informed picture of France, as a nation and as a collection of regional identities. His substantial historical work (novels, essays, biographies) offers a knowledgeable insight into modern France, particularly since the revolution. One of Chamson’s major concerns was the study of political, religious and social conflict. His works express and illustrate these lifelong interests. Indeed, a number of these issues are still topical; their origins and their development are effectively illuminated by Chamson’s narratives of collective memory. This biography traces the life and times of one of France’s most prominent and active writers in the twentieth century, as well as providing substantial critical analyses of his works. It also features the development of French society in the twentieth century as the context in which André Chamson and his contemporaries (such as Albert Camus, André Gide, Jean Giono, André Malraux, Charles Maurras, Jean-Paul Sartre, and many others) lived and wrote. The biography is intended for students and scholars of French literature, particularly those who are interested in literature, politics, history and political ideology in the twentieth century. It should also appeal to those interested in contemporary literary studies, and to social, cultural, and political historians, as well as to students, scholars, and specialists in the area of the history of ideas.

AndrÉ FrÉnaud, Choix De PoÈmes / Selected Poems (1938-1986)
2008 0-7734-5194-3
André Frénaud is a massive presence in the French poetry of the second half of the twentieth century, a poet immersed in the dilemmas of his age: the collapse of values, the conflicts of conscience, the moral and political disorientation, the splintering of identity. The translations of the present anthology, which is the first wide-ranging presentation of Frénaud’s work in English, seek to convey the multi-colored nuances, the vigorous antitheses, the passionate to-and-fro, and the startling imaginative excursions of this adventurous and highly original poet.

AndrÉ FrÉnaud, Dans La Crique Du Lieu Du Poème à L'univers
1997 0-7734-8464-7
This study focusses on one short poem, Dans la crique, seeing it as a vast territory in its own right. The volume explores in detail its intimate 'geography': the contours and features, the structural composition, irrigating sources, the growth patterns and textures, the energy resources, of this diminutive text. However, this is not a simple explication de texte. Instead, this one poem serves as a microcosm of the whole of Frénaud's poetic work. In French.

Animal Tales: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lucette Desvignes
2010 0-7734-3908-0
Translated into English for the first time, Lucette Desvignes examines, through her fiction, the relationship between animals and man. Liberating animals from circumstances that often imprison them, Desvignes helps us to discover their unique personalities and the joy they can bring to the people around them.

Animals in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
1995 0-7734-8991-6
Medieval manuscript painting offers a rich storehouse of material for literary scholars. This volume concentrates on domestic and wild mammals, rather than on the birds and monsters which have been treated elsewhere. Eighteen sections deal concisely with bears, camels, cats, dogs, elephants, etc., in what sorts of manuscripts they are found, and how they are presented. In addition, there are an introduction, conclusion, bibliography, and seventeen black and white illustrations from the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and a color frontispiece.

Aucassin & Nicolette, a Chantefable From the Twelfth-Century Minstrels
2007 0-7734-5152-8
This work offers a long overdue, new facing-page English translation of Aucassin et Nicolette, the important Medieval French chantefable. The translator offers a prologue which serves to introduce the translation and to contextualize the work. This book contains 12 color photographs and 5 black and white photographs.

Bibliographie Des Oeuvres D’erckmann-Chatrian Et De La Critique Publiees En France, 1844-1998
2000 0-7734-7797-7
Between 1844 and 1895, Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian published more than 150 titles in their series of national, popular or fantastic short stories and novels, successful in several other genres including theater, poetry, and literature. This work presents readers and scholars with as complete a portrait as possible of the authors and their work. The 385 annotated articles of criticism are followed by two indexes, the first by subject to orient research, and the second for names of people and places mentioned in the articles of criticism. In French.

Bilingual Edition of Couldrette’s Melusine - Le Roman de Parthenay
2003 0-7734-6723-8


Bilingual Edition of Jean D'arras's MÉlusine or L’histoire De Lusignan
2007 0-7734-5274-5
This book offers the first Modern English translation of Jean d’Arras’s Middle French prose romance Le roman de Mélusine or La noble histoire de Lusignan. The Middle French text is based on three manuscripts in Paris’s archives: Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal MS 3353, Bibliothèque Nationale MS 1482, and Bibliothèque Nationale MS 1485. An introduction offers background information that sheds light on the work’s historical, political and aesthetic significance.

Bilingual Edition of the Major Epics of Victor Hugo Vol. 1
2002 0-7734-7239-8
Victor Hugo’s epic trilogy – La Légende des siècles, La Fin de Satan, and Dieu – is often said to contain his very finest literary achievements. This volume contains the ten best-known longer epics from the trilogy, supplemented by relevant shorter poems and unfinished fragments. Text and translation are presented on facing pages, with introductions, notes, and a comprehensive glossary of proper names and technical terms. Most of the poems included have never before been rendered into English.

Bilingual Edition of the Major Epics of Victor Hugo Vol. 2
2002 0-7734-7204-5
Victor Hugo’s epic trilogy – La Légende des siècles, La Fin de Satan, and Dieu – is often said to contain his very finest literary achievements. This volume contains the ten best-known longer epics from the trilogy, supplemented by relevant shorter poems and unfinished fragments. Text and translation are presented on facing pages, with introductions, notes, and a comprehensive glossary of proper names and technical terms. Most of the poems included have never before been rendered into English. “. . . E.H. And A. M. Blackmore have done a valuable service for students and teachers of visionary romanticism in Europe. . . . The Blackmores show a knack for resolving the puzzles of the text with lucid, judicious endnotes, and a thoroughly-researched glossary of the many exotic names Hugo deployed lavishly. An extensive select bibliography of criticism is also provided. . . . should prove attractive for use in advanced classes, for comparatists, and for the cultivated general reader.” – Laurence M. Porter

Blurring Categories of Identity in Contemporary French Literature
2007 0-7734-5349-0
This work analyzes the specific way in which certain binary oppositions are collapsed in the work of Jean Genet, the twentieth-century French writer and political activist. The way in which Genet constructed characters is essential to a proper interpretation and understanding of character traits such as homo- and heterosexuality, blackness and whiteness, masculine and feminine identity. This book approaches the operation of language in Genet’s texts through the lenses of deconstructionism, feminist theory, queer theory, and postcolonial theory. Though the work focuses on Genet, an addition to its appeal is made by the fact that it treats other major twentieth-century thinkers as well: Sartre, Derrida, Cixous, and Irigrary, among others.

Century of Bestsellers in France (1890-1990)
1994 0-7734-9146-5
This study, based on contemporary comments and published details of print runs and booksellers' returns, shows, through a chronological survey which takes into account the development and influence of rival media such as the cinema and television, how many best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction, of home or foreign origin, have responded to the social and intellectual needs of a particular time. Some have survived. Many others gather dust on the shelves as witnesses to a bygone age.

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Cinema and the Evolution of the French Novel
1996 0-7734-8789-1
This study takes a new view of the history of the French novel, that the evolution of the novel has been toward cinema, based on chaos and complexity theories. In its attempt to break away from the frozen forms of hierarchical thought inherent in the Monarchy and the Bourgeoisie, to engender a new order of thought, novels developed techniques and structures such as fragmentation, doublings, flashbacks, or metaphorical representations that are cinematic because they engender a sense of spatial and temporal simultaneity, whereas the traditional novel is condemned to the linearity of words. This evolution is significant because the new techniques suspend the readers' habitual frame of reference and engage them in a consideration of new relationships. The chapter treating each author begins with the main known reason for the adaptation, then an overview of the novel itself. Thereafter, the techniques of cinema that effectively convey the same message are explored and compared to the literary techniques, followed by a consideration of the failures and the cinematic potential of the literary model. Works include: Diderot's The Nun ; Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons ; Stendhal's The Red and the Black ; Zola's Nana ; Proust's Swann in Love ; Bernanos' Mouchette ; Duras' The Lover. Available at a special price for text use.

Christology of Caspar Schwenckfeld Spirit and Flesh in the Process of Life Transformation
1987 0-88946-820-6
A translation of Séguenny's 1975 Homme charnel, Homme spirituel. Etude sur la christologie de Caspar Schwenckfeld (1489-1561), with a preface by André Séguenny in which he gives his reasons for leaving this work unrevised. In this study Séguenny places Schwenckfeld's theology between Catholicism and Protestantism, arguing that Schwenckfeld's theology can be understood better in relation to the Renaissance, Christian humanism, and Erasmus than to the Reformation and Luther.

Clement Marot Figure, Text and Intertext
1990 0-88946-115-5


CligÈs Et Le MystÈre De Terre Sainte Du Templier - L'hÉrÉsie SacrÉe Du SÉpulcre De La Christe
1995 0-7734-2906-9
This work represents a multi-disciplinary decoding of Cligès, a twelfth-century work of considerable significance for the fields of literature, history, psychology, religion, and comparative myth.

Color Symbolism in the Works of Stendhal
2006 0-7734-5611-2
Most studies to date concentrate on Stendhal’s color symbolism to convey a specific meaning in Le Rouge et le Noir. This study shows that a distinctive pattern of color symbolism in Stendhal’s works is apparent, and that it serves as a fil conducteur in unifying the characters and the events in Stendhal’s fiction. The analysis starts with Stendhal’s nonfiction writings because his journals and correspondence reveal his sensitivity to colors and because his autobiography serves as a touchstone to the elaboration of his color symbolism. The examination of Stendhal’s fiction shows a sequential color clustering starting with an emphasis on black and white and then moving on to Armance, which is Stendhal’s first attempt at deploying his complete color palette. The analysis of these works by Stendhal further demonstrates that blue and green, when paired, represent the ideal in Stendhal’s distinctive color palette.

Comic Genius of ClÉmont Marot: The Function of Humor in His Poetry
2009 0-7734-3855-6
In this work, theories of comedy are used to examine the techniques and processes in Marot’s poetry. It begins by considering his use of humor in its historical context, his story-telling skills, and his skill in manipulating language for humor, especially in puns, quotation and allusion. The full extent of the inspiration Marot draws from François Villon becomes apparent in his use of allusion.

Comic Machine, the Narrative Machine, and the Political Machine in the Works of MoliÈre
2003 0-7734-6606-1
This study examines in depth the nature of comedy itself, as well as the way that comedy was practiced in 17th-century France, and applies these ideas to close readings of six seminal Molière plays (L’école des femmes; Tartuffe; Dom Juan; Le misanthrope; George Dandin; Le bourgeois gentilhomme). The result is a new understanding of the complexity inherent in the textual and political devices created and used by the playwright on the stage as well as in print, uncovering nuances and contexts which have remained hidden until now.

Complete Late Poetry of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo: A Facing-Page Translation From the Malagasy and French Into English
2010 0-7734-3750-9
Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1901-1937) is generally acknowledged, in his own country and abroad, as the greatest twentieth-century poet of Madagascar. Many of his poems have been included in anthologies of African poetry. The present volume contains the first complete translation from Malagasy of Rabearivelo’s late poetry.

Complete Narratives of Francophone Caribbean Tales
1995 0-7734-8906-1
This new anthology of Francophone Caribbean tales fills an important pedagogical gap. It offers readings outside the well-worn canon and, unlike any other Francophone collection currently on the market, replaces extracts with complete narratives. The selections provide a rich variety of stories from all the French-speaking regions of the Caribbean, including Guadeloupe, Guiana, Haiti, and Martinique, by both male and female authors, touching upon a wide spectrum of themes. Each text is preceded by a short biographical sketch and followed by suggestions for classroom discussion. Unusual vocabulary is explained on the pages of the text for easy reference. Finally, a general introduction helps the student unacquainted with Caribbean literature to situate these tales in their proper historical and cultural settings.

Constructing Meaning in the Spanish and French New Novel: Juan Benet and Alain Robbe-Grillet
2009 0-7734-4670-2
This work anyalzes the novelistic world of Juan Benet and Alain Robbe-Grillet, acclaimed founders of the Spanish Nueva Novela and the French Nouveau Roman. It analyzes the authors’ most influential novels: Les gommes (1953), Le voyeur (1955), La jalousie (1957), Volverás a Región (1967), Una meditación (1969) and Un viaje de invierno (1972), and challenges the view that these novels are superfluous, experimental and not having any direct relationship to reality.

Contemporary German Prose in Britain and France (1980-1999)
2007 0-7734-5360-1
Translation negotiates otherness. Hence, otherness can be regarded as a central component of the translation process. Moreover, via disciplines, such as philosophy and anthropology, otherness in the last two decades has entered Western theories and studies of translation and become an important analytical and normative category in the field of translation studies. Nevertheless, there is an apparent lack of research considering the concept itself as well as its history and current use in the field and its relevance for the practice of translation. This book can be regarded as a first attempt to fill this gap. It reconsiders the translation theories currently known as ‘foreignizing’ and shows that some of these draw on the same nationalist agenda that they try to transcend. Moreover, the ensuing case study proves that current translation practice is still governed by a nationalist assurance of linguistic and cultural differences. This book therefore concludes by calling for a change of perspective in the theoretical and practical approaches to translation. Translation should no longer be regarded as a means of delimiting our selves from a national other, but as a way to uncover the otherness underlying these alleged selves.

Correspondence by Charles Baudelaire
2016
This is a close study of the one poem of Charles Baudelaire where he explains, and exemplifies, his key aesthetic idea: that every physical quality “corresponds” to a spiritual quality, or idea. Therefore, the physical world should be interpreted as a performance of the spiritual world an idea the author suggests Baudelaire got from Swendenborg.


Creative Encounters with French Films
1993 0-7734-1937-3
This text is intended as a reference for the study of over 21 exceptional French films by 13 different directors. Each chapter treats an individual director and the characteristics of his or her films, followed by background information for a specific film and analysis of the techniques used in it. Questions and exercises using the techniques of the film conclude each section. An introductory chapter discusses the participatory viewing necessary for enjoyment of most French films, general characteristics, and a brief history of French film. Analysis is provided for a least one major film by Buñuel, Carné, Cocteau, Godard, Lelouch, Malle, Ophüls, Renoir, Resnais, Tati, Tavernier, Truffaut, and Varda.

Critical Edition of 'l’istoire Le Roy Charlemaine' De Girart D'amiens
2003
L’istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French.

Critical Edition of Cheuelere Assigne Text, Glossary, and Critical Analyses
1991 0-7734-9743-9
The purpose of the present edition of Cheuelere Assigne is to restore the text and free it from all but the most necessary modernizations. The work of earlier editors is taken into account. A full apparatus of textual and explanatory notes is provided as is a glossary of those words which might give trouble even to an experienced reader. The introduction seeks to provide background material for the study of the poem, and where appropriate, critical analysis and judgment.

Critical Edition of Couldrette’s MÉlusine or Le Roman De Parthenay
2003 0-7734-6721-1
The legend of Mélusine is one of the most captivating tales in French cultural history. Its myriad ramifications have not only affected the political history of Western Europe and the Near East of the Middle Ages, but have also provided a window of understanding for human events and motivations harking back as far as pre-Roman times. Couldrette created the medieval poetic version of Mélusine based on Jean d’Arras’s prose version, which was written at the behest of Jean De Berry. This critical edition includes a summary of the story and its creation, its historical background and sources, and textual history.

Critical Edition of Girart D’amiens’ L’istoire Le Roy Charlemaine
2003 0-7734-6611-8
L’Istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French.

Critical Edition of Girart D’amiens’ L’istoire Le Roy Charlemaine
2003 0-7734-6609-6
L’Istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French.

Critical Edition of Girart D’amiens’ L’istoire Le Roy Charlemaine
2003 0-7734-6607-X
L’Istoire le roy Charlemaine is one of the very last still unpublished chansons de geste in French literature, since until recently scholars have neglected the genre of late medieval remaniements and compilations to which it belongs. This critical edition of the 23,348 line poem will be greatly appreciated by French and medieval scholars. Preface and introduction in English, text and notes in French.

Critical Edition of La Route De ThÈbes by Alexandre Dumas Fils
1998 0-7734-8241-5
This book offers the reader a unique insight into the French theatre at the end of the 19th century. La Route de Thèbes has never been published yet was the final work of the most consistently popular serious dramatist in France during the second half of the 19th century. The play itself treats all the major themes of Dumas’s theatre plus a debate, unique in his work, between the competing claims of science and religion. The debate was sufficiently controversial that Dumas hesitated to complete the play. The Introduction places the work in context (Romanticism, melodrama and the work of serious dramatists such as Eugène Augier). The study includes an outline of his life, and examines the whole of his dramatic output and the various stages of its thematic and formal development. Finally, the extant manuscripts allow a review of the play’s development during composition and a suggested ending put forward based upon both internal and external evidence.

Critical Edition of Penelope Aubin’s Translation of Mme. Gillot De Beaucour’s the Adventures of the Prince of Clermont, and Madam De Ravezan (1722)
2003 0-7734-6610-X
Set in 17th-century France, this novel tells how love gets around obstacles to fulfill its objective in the celebration of marriage. The main story of Madam de Ravezan and her Prince is developed as an echo of the story of her parents, and a template for the story of her children. This novel is a perfect example of what constituted the taste of the reader in late 17th-century France and early 18th-century England. In terms of narrative techniques, it is also an illustration of the evolution of the genre toward modernity.

Critical Edition of Penelope Aubin’s Translation of Robert Challe’s Les Illustres FranÇaises / the Illustrious French Lovers
2000 0-7734-7701-2
Abduction and magic philtres, debauchery and virtue, fickleness and passionate fidelity are the components of the stories of The Illustrious French Lovers (1727), translated into English by Penelope Aubin from the French Les Illustres Françaises (1722) by Robert Challe, The literary importance of both texts has now become obvious. In early 18th - century France and England, they contributed to the transformation of the novel, affecting the techniques as well as the nature of narration. Both the social context and the moral dilemmas were familiar to the readers of the time, but, set in this everyday context, these constitute extraordinary stories.

Critical Edition of the Circumstantial Verse of Joachim Du Bellay
2000 0-7734-7714-4
There was a wealth of patriotic verse composed during the reign of Henri II (1547-1559), Du Bellay’s contribution being the most significant. The events on which he commented were of major importance, culminating at the end of the reign with the capture of Calais and the accidental death of the King. This provides insight into the patriotic mentality of Du Bellay and the Pléïade poets, a vital element in their inspiration. The present edition brings together for the first time ten major poems on the events of the reign. Each poem is preceded by a short presentation placing it in its historical context. The text, based on the earliest known printing, is followed by an extensive commentary, providing full information on the historical, mythological and rhetorical framework of the poem, relating the poem to other work by Du Bellay and establishing points of comparison with other pieces on the same event by his fellow poets.

Decadence in Thirteenth Century ProvenÇal and Hebrew Poetry
1987 0-7734-9211-9
Analyzes the idea of decadence as it manifested itself in the society, religion and poetry of 13th century Provence. Establishes a distinction between social and religious decadence and literary decadence, and examines the commonality among the 19th and 13th century decadent poets of themes and motifs, the shared interest in satire, and the similar literary heritage of romantic poetry.

Depiction of Angels and Devils in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
2004 0-7734-6423-9
This book examines the paintings of angels and devils by medieval French illuminators and discusses the manner in which they were depicted. With Illustrations.

Depiction of Architecture and Furniture in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
2006 0-7734-5780-1
The architecture and furniture of the Middle Ages in France reflects the society of the time. Carolingian, Romanesque and Gothic styles will be shown in the illuminations on the manuscripts. There are illustrations on bibles, books of hours, gospel books and later on, romances of chivalry, chronicles and encyclopedic works. There will even be architectural frames around the miniatures. Included here is a consideration of homes, castles and palaces, studios, churches, monasteries and towns. The author describes and the reader will see interiors of main rooms, banquet halls and bedchambers. In regard to furniture, various pieces will be described and depicted in the manuscript paintings: footstools, chairs, thrones, tables, buffets, desks, chests and beds. The architectural styles of the period will influence the making of furniture. That is the reason why both architecture and furniture are viewed here together. There is a wealth of material available which is valuable to note for the history of mankind. Medieval scholars and people in general will find the book interesting and different. The book contains thirty-five illustrations, coming from manuscripts found in libraries of diverse parts of the world.

Depiction of Women in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
2000 0-7734-7789-6
The third book in Dr. Gathercole’s studies in medieval French manuscript illuminations (Animals in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination and The Landscape of Nature in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination) the present work furnishes further historical documentation for comprehending the life of the times of the composition of the manuscript, an insight into medieval civilization, the role of women. Female costuming is well portrayed, many activities are shown. Among them are depicted ones especially from the upper classes, but also women of antiquity, goddesses, Lady Fortune, personified abstract qualities, the Virgin Mary, female saints, and other Biblical figures. Many of the illustrations found in this volume date from the 15th century, the height of manuscript illumination.

Desire and Persecution in Therese Desqueroux and Other Selected Novels by Francois Mauriac
2007 0-7734-5400-4
This study is a Girardian analysis of François Mauriac’s Thérèse Desqueyroux which reintegrates Thérèse’s act of violence into the hostile conditions in which she lived, suggesting that Thérèse, though an oppressor herself, is largely a persecuted victim in the story that bears her name. A careful analysis of the antagonistic relationship between Thérèse and Anne de La Trave confirms René Girard’s belief that great novelists, such as Mauriac, are instinctively aware of the mimetic nature of human desiring. Moreover, a detailed examination of two unrelated novels, Le sagouin (The Little Misery) and L’agneau (The Lamb), as well as discussion of other selected novels, further reveal that scapegoating is an important, though largely unexplored feature in Mauriac’s fiction.

Dictionary of Animal Names and Expressions Used Figuratively by Modern Francophone Authors: The French Bestiary
2005 0-7734-6195-7
The French language abounds in animal imagery and symbolism. No student of French vocabulary can fail to be struck by the extent to which animal names occur in its idioms, metaphors, proverbs and designations of entities belonging to other conceptual fields. From the leviathan whale to the humble earthworm and the majestic eagle to the irritant louse, a broad spectrum of creatures are pressed into service to lend expressiveness and colour to French written and spoken. A French Bestiary provides in an easily accessible dictionary format an exhaustive repertory of the figurative use of French animal names and exemplifies the expressions inventoried by quoting French and Francophone authors. The body of the text provides a conspectus of 325 headwords and 2255 meanings and expressions, arranged according to rigorous lexicographical principles and illustrated by nearly 4,500 citations. Each animal name forms the basis of an article. The headword is followed by a number of subdivisions, starting with zoological designation and ending with etymology. Some of all of the following intermediate subdivisions also appear: product and colour, human reference, non-human reference, idiom, proverb, compound. An index in English and scientific animal names is provided to facilitate cross reference.

Dictionnaire Des Racines De La Langue Fran?aise D'aprÉs le Dictionnaire De L' AcadÉie Fran?oise DÉdiÉ Au Roy Louis Xiv, 1694
2014 0-7734-0080-X
(Sold as a 2-Volume Set Only)
The first ever volume of an alphabetically ordered listing of the 1694 French Language dictionary dedicated to King Louis XIV of France by the French Academy of humanist scholars. This new work eliminates the need for the modern user to know the etymological roots of a particular word in order to access it as in the 1694 edition. The author’s application of a more contemporary alphabetical word order dictionary is also rich with socio-cultural supplemental information that enables the reader to fully appreciate our Roman ancestors’ contribution to our common and daily utilized language. A must have set.

Dramatic Criticism of Elizabeth Charlotte, Duchesse D'orleans, with an Annotated Chronology of Performances of the Popular and Court Theatres in France (1671-1722) Reconstructed From Her Letters
1996 0-7734- 8834-0
Elizabeth Charlotte, duchesse d'Orléans, the second wife of the king's brother, left a voluminous correspondence. Through her forthright attitude, set against the context of the sometimes mealy-mouthed French court and French society of 1671-1722, we can learn much about the successes and failures, quarrels and crises in the theatre, about the hostility of the Church, and the actors, actresses, and playwrights as individuals. This scholarly study, the outcome of seven years' work, is the first full-length analysis of the topic. It establishes as nearly as possible a chronological list of what she saw. The information gathered about the theatre at court has never been published in collected or collated form. This unique record is of significance for theatre and opera studies of the period, as well as for the study of Elizabeth Charlotte (also known as 'Madame', the 'Princess Palatine' and 'Liselotte') herself.

Du Bartas, French Huguenot Poet, and His Humourous Ambivalence
1998 0-7734-8257-1
This book represents a radically new reading of Du Bartas’ Semaines, marking a significant change in our understanding of work by perhaps the most popular non-theological writer of the Renaissance world. The humourous aspect of Du Bartas’ work is conveyed in particular by a broad range of numerological and symmetrical patterns. Though playful in form and style, these patterns highlight a gentle insistence by a moderate Huguenot on the Logos as the one intermediary between higher and lower things. Du Bartas makes playful use of the chain of being not only addressing the fragmentation of the medieval worldview, but also portraying individual links of the chain as powerful poetic symbols of the Christian intermediary.

Echos De La RÉforme Dans La LittÉrature De Langue FranÇaise De 1520 À 1620
2001 0-7734-7503-6
In French.

Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon
1995 0-7734-9647-5
This book fills a gap by acquainting the English-speaking public with the life and works of Louis Aragon and his wife Elsa Triolet, both novelists. It performs the ambitious task of presenting these two writers, not side by side, but together, as they themselves wanted to be studied. In 1964, they started the interwoven publication of their fictional works, stressing that neither of them could be understood without reference to the other. The work examines their early years, then analyzes the works of the two writers in the light of the fruitful exchange of experiences, emotions, and ideas which went on between them.

Encore Toi, Électre! / you Again, Electra! by Lucette Desvignes
2008 0-7734-4950-3
A dual-language edition of Lucette Desvignes reinterpretation of the Greek myth, Electra, set in World War II France.

Essais Sur La ReligiositÉ D’honorÉ De Balzac
2008 0-7734-4968-X
A volume of ten essays demonstrating the complexity of Balzac’s ethics and art by focusing on ambiguities within his work. (Note: In French)

Essays on the Work of Twentieth-Century French Author Lucette Desvignes
2000 0-7734-7843-4
An array of international scholars contributed papers to a conference dedicated exclusively to Lucette Desvignes. It is the first time a collective effort has been made to situate her work in relation to that of other French authors of this century. With illustrations. “Much of the thinking is seminal and will doubtless open up new venues of thought and inquiry on Desvignes. . . . including essays which are necessary to the non-specialist, discussions of the author in translation and reflections on Desvignes’ work. . . . The book is indeed welcome in the void of modern literary criticism, as there has been little indeed written heretofore on Lucette Desvignes. The contributors to this volume have done an excellent job. . . “ – Mel B. Yoken

EugÉnie De GuÉrin a Life of Reaction
1997 0-7734-8530-9
This study locates Eugénie de Guérin in her social, religious and intellectual setting and analyses the main themes which emerge throughout her writings, discusses her originality as the first woman diarist published in France. It gives the critical reception of her Journal and Journal et Lettres. It traces, through her writings, Eugénie's reactions to the people and events in her life, including well-known persons such as Sainte-Beuve, Xavier de Maistre, Lacordaire and Barbey d'Aurevilly. Her immense appeal crossed both political and religious boundaries.

Examining the Changes in the Eighteenth-Century French Translations of Homer’s Iliad by Anne Dacier and Houdar De La Motte
2003 0-7734-6594-4
Anne Dacier, a distinguished Classicist and committed “Ancient” published in 1711 a prose translation of the Iliad, designed to forward the agenda of the ”Homerists” by reproducing the Ancient Greek as literally as possible in modern French, and by elaborate annotations proving the moral and aesthetic excellence of the original. Houdar de la Motte, courier and wit, published in 1714 his verse “imitation” of the Iliad, in deliberate competition with Mme Dacier’s text, designed to purge from Homer what he saw as the barbarities of antiquity. Their contrasting translations stimulated a vivacious literary storm. This monograph concentrates on the translations themselves, assessing the changes that de la Motte made and that Dacier, in spite of herself, was forced to make in accord with contemporary propriety. This text will be of interest to those working on the theory of translation, as well as to students of French literary history and classical scholars.

Experimentation and the Autobiographical Search for Identity in the Projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte
2006 0-7734-5602-3
This study compares the substantial literary projects of Michel Leiris and Hubert Fichte, and it examines how they overstep theoretical prescriptions in their explorations of the self. The author concentrates predominantly on those components of these multi-volume projects that he argues are autobiographically motivated, although he establishes that these texts are not straightforwardly representative of this mode. In its tripartite arrangement, his study investigates the main areas of critical attention relating to the classification of the authors’ works, with particular reference to autobiography. Throughout this investigation, he provides evidence for his contention that for Leiris and Fichte alike, life and writing becomes mutually defining over the protracted progressions of their self-scrutiny. In the first part, he highlights biographical parallels between the authors, and he compares their respective project-conceptions. He then evaluates the efficacy of autobiographical theory in explaining their self-projections beyond their personal experience and towards textual processes of enactment.

Explorations De L’imaginaire De La ReprÉsentation Au Dix-HuitiÈme SiÈcle FranÇais - Chardin, VigÉe-Lebrun, Diderot, Marivaux
2001 0-7734-7399-8
This work on aesthetics ties together the research on painting and literary forms of representation with close scrutiny of four major figures from the perspective of the creators and their analysis of the creative process. It examines French 18th-century aesthetics, visual arts, painting, autobiography, and theater. Problems of representation include analysis of genre, gender, species (still-life vs. portraiture), social cast (noble vs. bourgeois), and the necessity of self-erasure in the deisplay of oneself as an artist.. In French.

Family, Lineage and Kinship in the Cycle of Guillaume D'orange
1990 0-88946-692-0
Examines chronologically nine major texts of the Guillaume cycle, the kinship relationships of the characters (men, women, brothers, and siblings), and the nature, consequences, motives, and functions of these relationships. Demonstrates that the Cycle of Guillaume is a true cycle and details how the bonds of kinship provide the structural framework of the cycle.

Figure of Dido in French Drama and French Music
2012 0-7734-2592-6
Here for the first time, the various French treatments of Dido’s tragic story in both drama and music, most of which are little known today, are brought together, examined, compared, and evaluated. In Virgil’s Aeneid, the evocation of Dido’s great and fateful passion had an impact that has continued to reverberate over two millennia. Among the vast array of artistic creations that Dido has inspired are a number of French tragedies and musical works from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. This study embraces different genres and spans several centuries, demonstrates the commonalities between the works, and reveals the individuality and uniqueness of each interpretation. This study first looks at the broader European context before the French dramas, cantatas and operas are each analyzed in detail. What emerges is that there is indeed a myriad of ways to tell and interpret a story. The various interpretations show an intriquing and sometimes surprising degree of individuality on the part of these writers and composers.

Figure of Merlin in Thirteenth-Century French Romance
1990 0-88946-317-4
A consideration of Merlin's Christlike-Antichristlike duality and of a the progression of Merlin's role in three cycles - that of Robert de Boron, the Vulgate, and the Post Vulgate - which substantiates that the three are related, each growing out of its predecessor.

First Generation Reception of the Novels of Emile Zola in Britain and America
2007 0-7734-5514-0
This study is a chronological investigation of Émile Zola and his work. Its primary purpose is to provide a scholarly tool in order to facilitate research in identifying diverse British and American responses to Zola as an innovative and controversial French novelist, and to recognize the phenomenal increase of popularity Zola gained in the English-speaking world during the final quarter of the nineteenth century. Its secondary purpose is to point out Zola’s position in literature as one of the most important nineteenth-century novelists ranking him along with Balzac, Flaubert, the Goncourts, Stendhal, Dickens, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Turgenev. This is accomplished by providing: a chronological listing of translated material from 1878 to 1902 which serves as a source for directing readers to editions of Zola’s work; an annotated listing of books about Zola’s life and works; a listing of articles from various literary journals representing the criticism of Zola’s work; and a chronology of the life and works of Émile Zola.

Flower Poetics in the Works of Gustave Flaubert
2003 0-7734-6728-9
This study explores in detail the suggestive patterns of imagery generated by the flower figure across the complete works of Gustave Flaubert. The approach is chronological, as it charts Flaubert’s growing stylistic sophistication as he develops from adolescent imitator of the Romantic School to a writer whose highly personalized style hallmarks him as a precursor of the Modernist movement. While the exploration is text-based, mention is made of the cultural phenomenon that was le langue des fleurs in 19th-century France. The study proposes a methodology for the decipherment of this private ‘language’ used by Flaubert, revealing ways in which his flower poetics underpins character development, guarantees thematic coherence and ultimately proffers a system of signification producing overall aesthetic cohesiveness.

Formes Americaines De La Poesie: Vingt Essais
2013 0-7734-4488-2
The authors inspire a reflection on American poetry that extends beyond usual national and political categories and ventures into examining the aesthetic and formal proximities, rhythms and cultural uses of poetry as practiced in the “New Word”.

Fourth Generation of French Feminist Writers (1985-2010): From Fictionalized Text to Fictionalized Author
2009 0-7734-3823-8
This study examines how the fictional works of contemporary French female authors can be read as a unique fantasy world in which the writer consciously manipulates the reader’s (and spectator’s) narrative expectations with explicit articulations of female desire. In addition, this work offers a literary and psychoanalytic reading of lesser-known female authors in French culture.

French Feminist Theory Exemplified Through the Novels of Julia Kristeva: The Bridge From Psychoanalytic Theory to Literary Production
2008 0-7734-5004-1
The first study to examine Julia Kristeva’s novels in the context of the relationship between French feminist and post-colonial theory, and Anglo-American Feminism.

French Reimaginings of the Ancient Legend of Arion and the Dolphin: (Re)creations in Art, Words, Music
2015 1-4955-0327-5
The relationship between humans and dolphins has been a subject of interest since earliest times… This fascinating book explores first the classical background to Arion and his dolphin story and then its treatment by French literary and artistic figures who, in a variety of genres and forms, have recreated the story and brought out new meanings more appropriate to their particular times.”
-Chris Dearden,
Emeritus Professor of Classics,
Victoria University of Wellington ,New Zealand



Function of Contemporary Travel Narratives in the French, Anglo, and Latin Americas: Mixing and Expanding Cultural Identities
2011 0-7734-1545-9
This edited collection examines various perspectives on contemporary forms of travel and displacement in the Americas.

No other collection or monograph has been published that engages the genre of travel writing in such comprehensively hemispheric terms. The text examines new forms of displacement that characterize a globalized and increasingly interconnected world, and reexamines earlier forms of displacement in a new way.

Gaetan Brulotte Une Nouvelle Ecriture
1992 0-7734-9592-4
Includes seventeen contributions from scholars in Francophone literature, as well as the participation of the writer himself, commenting on his own fiction. It is the first manuscript of this kind, dealing exclusively with particular aspects of Gaetan Brulotte's creativity and addressing the totality of his work. In French.

Georges Bernanos' Debt to ThÉrÈse of Lisieux
1996 0-7734-2266-8
This study examines in chronological order Bernanos' entire work, fiction and non-fiction, in search of Thérèse's presence. It points out explicit textual references to the saint, whether to her name, quotations from works, or to earlier studies done by scholars attempting to show her influence on the author. It traces Thérèse's implicit presence in Bernanos' fictional characters, whether they reveal parallel or reverse images of the saint. It also traces Thérèse's message in many of Bernanos' favorite themes: heroic childhood, the acceptance of weakness, the uniting of personal suffering with the Holy Agony, and the attitude of approaching God with a beggar's empty hands. This close analysis of Bernanos' debt to Thérèse of Lisieux opens new perspectives, and answer's Gaucher's request for an exhaustive examination of her presence in Bernanos' work.

Germain Nouveau's Symbolist Poetry, 1851-1920 Valentines, Translated with an Introduction and Commentary by Gerald Groves
1990 0-88946-573-8
In Valentines Germain Nouveau - still a relatively unknown contributor to modern French literature, but one considered by Andre Breton to have been a pioneer of surrealism - displays his originality by means of a form of intellectual pointillism, benign irony, a playful parody of Parnassian images, and frequent introduction of a shocking gros mot. The Valentines, the composition of which marked the climax of Nouveau's literary life, is an expression of the poet's joy in living and in loving an object worthy of existence. Includes both English and French renditions of Nouveau's poems.

Heurs Et Malheurs D'une Famille Angevine Et Vendeene 1754-1794 René Et Geneviève: Cours De Civilisation Française
1993 0-7734-1970-5
This is a French civilization course in three parts. The first part is a novel, used as a springboard for the study of French history, literature, art, and music. It is based on original documents, depicting the life and adventures of a typical noble family in the province of Anjou during the last years of the Ancien Regime and the Revolution. Each chapter has notes of a general nature which follow the text; these notes also include the translation of some idioms and words not easily found in a pocket dictionary. The second part, a literary anthology, contains excerpts from the authors mentioned, discussed, or quoted by the protagonists, and from authors who wrote about the campaigns in the Vendée. They range from Cicero to Victor Hugo, including classics and 18th-century philosophers. It illustrates the education and intellectual baggage of an average educated person of the 18th century, whether aristocrat or bourgeois. It also brings an understanding of the intellectual origins of the Revolution. The third part contains excerpts from 19th-century French historians such as Michelet and Guizot. The selected texts depict historical events mentioned in the novel. Some primary sources are also reproduced, such as texts of laws, speeches, etc. The Preface contains suggestions for the use of the course. The Appendix includes photocopies of certain documents to which the novel alludes, some relevant maps and genealogical charts, and photographs of portraits of René and Geneviève. In French.

Historical Development of Surrealism and the Relationships Between Hemispheric Specializations of the Brain
1992 0-7734-9738-2
A new procedure for literary analysis of surrealist imagery, using various procedures: a summary of recent developments in hemispheric studies, discussion of the language and communicative properties of the two hemispheres of the brain, analysis of language modes and types of image - memory, dream, imagination, etc. - and examination of poems and poets that have been called surrealist.

Hommes Continuels. Hombres Constantes: A Facing Page French - Spanish Translation of the Poems of Jean Orizet
2008 0-7734-4876-4
This work anchors Orizet’s poetry in a transatlantic contemporary context, between the modern prose poem of Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire, and the renovation of poetic prose Latin American modernism.

Hugues Rebell, a Nietzschian Writer in Fin-De-Siecle France: His Literary and Political Achievement
2011 0-7734-1522-5
Schlehlein’s monograph evaluates the influence of Nietsche’s philosophy on the political ideas of Hugues Rebell and also demonstrates that Nietsche’s perspectivism is reflected in the characters of a Rebell novel.

Humor of Marguerite De Navarre in the heptamÉron. a Feminist Author Before Her Time
2008 0-7734-4924-8
A complex analysis of the religious and feminist bases of de Navarre’s humor.

In Quest of Marie De France, a Twelfth-Century Poet
1992 0-7734-9586-X
These essays treat a wide variety of aspects of Marie's production; the poet's voice, the moods of her original audience, the beauty and significance of the works' intellectual or emotional appeal, their sexual and textual politics.

Influence of French Culture on Willa Cather
2008 0-7734-5239-7
This is the first full-length study to address the complex issues involved in Cather’s relationship to France and to the many French writers (Zola, Flaubert, Sand, France, Mérimée, Loti, etc.) that keep cropping up in her literary and journalistic output. The author traces the intellectual and artistic roots that nourished Cather’s writing and examines the dynamic relationship between American and French literatures.

Influence of French Language and Culture in the Lives of Eight Women Writers of Russian Heritage
2002 0-7734-6908-7
This is a comparative study of the lives and literary production of Russian-born French writers from the 18th to the 20th century: Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Princess Dashkova; Maria Bashkirtseff, the Comtesse de Ségur; Nathalie Sarraute, Elsa Triolet, Irène Némirovsky, and Zoe Oldenbourg. This book shows how they were influenced by their Russian heritage and how the traditions and impressions of their youth are visible in their French writings.

Interpretations of Rabelais
2002 0-7734-7081-6


Interpretations of Rabelais
2002 0-7734-7081-6


Interpreting Rabelais an Open Text Reading of an Open Text
1994 0-7734-9388-3
Provides an approach to the author applicable to readers at all levels and degrees of experience. Identifying certain authorial strategies of variety (i.e., visual detail, character function, spatiality and temporality) it indicates how these are combined to create a textual pattern which maximises the reader's initiative and allows him as reader to enjoy literary freedom. It seeks at once to define more clearly such notions as polyphony and polyvalency already introduced to Rabelais studies by Bakhtin and Baraz, to add to them a number of other headings (polylexy, polychromy, etc.) appropriate to other areas of Rabelais' technique, but at the same time to prevent these terms from establishing a set of rigid schemata which would betray the fluidity of a universally open text.

Introduction À L'etude De La Stylistique FranÇaise
1993 0-7734-1964-0
Intended for students in advanced college-level courses, this textbook fills a gap between courses emphasizing the study of the French language itself and that of literature. Texts represent French literature from the Renaissance to the present, the majority being 19th and 20th century authors. Every text can be used to produce an explication de texte, or can be the point of departure for an original essay. There are also a few composition topics, as well as a series of systematic exercises covering the most difficult points of French grammar. In French. Ce manuel est destiné aux étudiants avancés du niveau "college." Son but est de combler une lacune qui existe entre l'étude de la langue elle-même et celle de la littérature. Nous avons choisi des passages permettant de mettre en relief les rapports qui existent entre le "message" et la façon de l'exprimer. Ces passages sont accompagnés de questions dont le but est de guider l'étudiant dans son étude du text littéraire. Les questions concernant le style se trouvent mêlées aux questions se rapportant au fond, ceci pour éviter de séparer les aspects - tous deux essentials - de l'analyse. Les textes que nous avons choisis représentent la littérature française de la Renaissance à l'époque contemporaine, mais la majorité des oeuvres appartiennent à des auteurs des dix-neuvième et vingtième siècles. Chaque texte cité peut servir de point de départ à une "explication de texte," ou jouer le rôle de modèle pour une composition originale. C'est dans ce dernier but que nous avone ajouté quelques sujets de compositions. D'autre part, comme les étudiants de ce niveau ont encore bien besoin de réviser la grammaire, nous avons introduit des exercices systématiques permettant de passer en revue les points les plus délicats de la grammaire française.

Invisible Middle Term in Proust's a La Recherche Du Temps Perdu
1990 0-88946-566-5
Offers a new way of reading A la Recherche du temps perdu, using a fluid manner of interpretation which suggests process rather than product. This study contends that everything in Proust's work is threefold. The middle term is the common ground shared by the two terms of comparison that constitute a metaphor.

Italian Travel Writings
2011 0-7734-3943-9
Analysis and examination of the travel fiction of Lucette Desvignes, for the first time in English, that uses the author’s own experiences, as well as the Lucette’s characters, to show how she changed the genre.

Jean Giono’s Hidden Reality
2004 0-7734-6442-5


Jean-Paul Marat, Hero and Anti-Hero of the French Revolution
1992 0-7734-9505-3
This study demonstrates how the image of Jean-Paul Marat, Revolutionary journalist and Jacobin deputy, was manipulated, both during and after the French Revolution. A wide range of media, including funeral orations, newspapers, festival programs, song-sheets, prints and paintings, as well as the work of 19th- and 20th-century historians, is utilized to demonstrate Marat's symbolic importance to the political struggles of revolutionary and post-revolutionary France. Competition between various revolutionary factions for the right to possess and define Marat's heroic image is documented, as are the ways in which that image served to legitimize and project their ideologies. Marat's image as anti-hero is also considered, with attention focussed upon moderate, federalist, and Thermidorian propaganda. Providing a full treatment of the most important hero-cult of the French Revolution, this study also identifies the importance of heroes and anti-heroes in modern political life.

Jean-Paul Sartre the Evolution of His Thought and Art
1992 0-7734-9526-6
This study maintains that Sartre's work and, to some extent, his life, was dominated by the dichotomy of necessity and either freedom or contingency. His changing responses to religion, art, human relationships, and politics are explored.

Jungian Analysis of Balzac’s La Peau De Chagrin Alchemy and the Novel
2015 1-4955-0411-5
This study focuses on the relationship of Balzac to alchemy as it applies to the analysis of La Peau de chagrin. His interest stems from family influences, extensive reading in his early student days and research he did to document his fictional works. In La Peau de chagrin the protagonist cast as a youthful hero formulates a plan to achieve his goals according to the alchemical process of transformation, and the organization of the novel parallels its principal stages. Alchemy thus serves as a paradigm that highlights the hero’s missteps and suggests the moral reflection missed by contemporaneous critics according to Balzac.


L'antigone De Jean Cocteau
2007 0-7734-5424-1
This study consists of a literary critical investigation into Jean Cocteau’s Antigone, which combines traditional and contemporary computer-assisted approaches to the text. The first half of the book considers the place of the Antigone story, as well as myth in general, in French, while also offering a description of the evolution of the tragedy from Sophocles to the present. After this, the second half of the book is devoted to an in-depth study of Cocteau’s Antigone itself, from written drafts to its stage production. This multi-disciplinary study offers an original and timely contribution to the literature on the subject.

L'espace Sensoriel Chez Albert Camus
1995 0-7734-9398-0
This study examines the sensory space of La Mort heureuse, L'Etranger, La Peste, and Noces through textual analysis. The texts are examined as systems of signs where articulations and functions are reconstructed through a narratological approach of the sensory space. The sensory space is developed not only as a composite of the written space but is also inscribed within the text. The figurative writing of the sensory language with its metaphor and metonymy enables us to attribute to it the characteristics of prose and poetry simultaneously.

La Contribution LittÉraire De Camille Mauclair Au Domaine Musical Parisien
2008 0-7734-4860-8
This work situates itself in the intertextual domain of literature and music. It examines how the French homme de lettres, Camille Mauclair (1872-1945) made a significant contribution to the musical education of the Parisian public at the end of the nineteenth century. In French.

Landscape of Nature in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
1997 0-7734-8539-2
This volume shows in more detail than ever before the fascinating portrayals of the landscape of nature on French codices from the Middle Ages. The illuminations, the text, and the folio borders often constitute a work of high quality. From an early stylized portrayal of natural phenomena, this work moves on to a more realistic portrayal as reality rather than tradition and authority prevail, showing the gradual development of early landscape painting. As well as benefiting the medieval scholar, this volume will also delight those who love the outdoors, and may serve in addition as a guide for the visitor to museums and galleries. It will be of interest to historians for its representation of the background for historical events, and to the literary scholar. It discusses subjects such as the painting of trees, mountains, flowers, seas, etc. The Arthurian manuscripts disclose a distinct beauty of scenery in their pictorial representations. Calendars associated with prayer books are especially valuable. With many photographs.

Last Fay
1996 0-7734-8861-8
Balzac's 1824 novel The Last Fay marks an important turn in his literary career. For the first time, the features which today distinguish Balzac's genius can be seen taking form in the pages of this adult fairy tale. Distancing himself from the second-rate productions of his earlier years, Balzac crafted this work which, one year before his death, he still acknowledged as his first true novel. Laced with much irony and a precocious social commentary, The Last Fay represents a remarkable example among the author's juvenilia, allowing the reader to peer into the making of Balzac's literary style.

Le Bizarre and le DÉcousu in the Novels and Theoretical Works of Denis Diderot: How the Idea of Marginality Originated in Eighteenth-Century France
2009 0-7734-4663-X
This book examines the background of our modern concept of marginality by focusing on Diderot’s materialist philosophy and his search for the origins of genius, and locating it within the French Enlightenment quest for truth.

Le Devenir Et La Conscience Cosmique Chez Saint-Exupery
1995 0-7734-2912-3
This volume analyzes the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in light of an existential theory: the consciousness of the divine law of becoming that gives meaning to the human phenomena of living, suffering, dying. Arguing that Saint-Exupéry saw becoming as an ongoing upward spiral from human consciousness to divine consciousness, and positing that all of Saint-Exupéry's material was basically autobiographical, it examines his major works, with particular emphasis on Citadelle and, of course, The Little Prince. It includes a full chapter on the pictorial symbolism (the "forgotten language") of the drawings in The Little Prince. In French.

Le Juif Errant D’eugÈne Sue - Du Roman-Feuilleton Au Roman Populaire
2002 0-7734-7327-0
Le Juif errant, published serially in Le Constitutionnel (1844-45) firmly established Eugène Sue as the king of the roman-feuilleton. This is the first substantial study on the novel, probably because of its clear political engagement and its reception, which polarized the French readers of the time. This book provides a detailed analysis of the text, which triggered the rise of mass-market literature in France, in broad social, political and cultural contexts. in French.

Le Style Cinematographique D'alain Resnais, De Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) Aux Herbes Folles (2009)
2012 0-7734-2630-2
This text tracks changes in French critical theory on the topic of subjectivity and analyzes how these theoretical developments apply to the films of Alain Resnais. It claims that the purpose of Resnais’ oeuvre is the transition from modernist tendencies towards absolute mastery and control, to postmodern, deconstructionist movements towards a de-centered storyline and subject.

Le Vertige Du Vide - Huysmans, Celine, Sartre
2000 0-7734-7772-1
This study deals with the notions of the sordid and nihilism and explores their rapport with the works of Huysmans, Céline, and Sartre. This study argues that the three writers are lined in their philosophical or spiritual quest, and aims at demonstrating that the sordid is used as a metaphor to describe the trauma that modern times inflict on modern man. In French.

Legend of Gilles De Rais (1404-1440) in the Writings of Huysmans, Bataille, Planchon, and Tournier
2003 0-7734-6619-3
This study examines the literary representations of Gilles de Rais, serial-killer, devout Christian and Maréchal de France. After briefly summarizing the historical outlines of Rais’ life, it examines four literary encounters (Huysmans’ Là-bas (1891), Bataille’s Le Procès de Gilles de Rais (1965), Planchon’s Gilles de Rais (1975), Tournier’s Gilles et Jeanne (1985)) to reveal how certain issues of modern aesthetics and ethics are elucidated and problematized.

Leromantisme 'ou La Mort De La Mort'
2011 0-7734-1465-7


Les Écrits D'yvette Z’graggen, RomanciÈre Suisse Contemporaine
2006 0-7734-5767-4
Born in Geneva in 1920, Yvette Z’Graggen published her first novel in 1944 and over the course of the following sixty years (her most recent work appeared in 2003) has written more than fifteen books. She has carved out for herself a position as one of the most popular and successful writers in French-speaking Switzerland; several of her books have been translated into German, and she has won a number of prestigious literary prizes. In spite of this success, because of inherent difficulties in being a Swiss writer published in Switzerland, Z’Graggen is not well-known outside her native country. Previous studies of Z’Graggen (in French) appeared in 1987 and 1997, the latter being a series of interviews with Z’Graggen. This study examines Z’Graggen’s work in its entirety and provides an overview of the themes she has developed, renewed and reworked over the course of her career. By adopting a thematic approach, the book demonstrates how these themes recur and interlink, enabling the reader to reach conclusions about the importance of Z’Graggen within la literature romande. Given the considerable interest in recent years in both women’s writing and Francophone literature, it is fitting that a writer of Z’Graggen’s stature should be studied in detail and become better known outside Switzerland.

Les Mythobiographies Mineures De Patrick Modiano
2006 0-7734-5550-7
This book, by making reference to a theoretical reflection on themes of mythocriticism, the philosophy of language and the individual, places the work of this modern author within the context of two metaphors – the mythical labyrinth and its postmodernist variant, Deleuze’s rhizome – treated as figures of identity and otherness. They express two contrary tendencies in Modiano’s writing. The labyrinth signifies the breakdown of the historical paradigm of identity and the crisis of the referential functioning of literature, characteristic of structuralist thought. An attempt to recover the reliability of narration outside historical time leads the author towards archaic images which allude to the traditional idea of the sacred. The imagination, however, dictates images which are not grounded in history and are thus a parody of the mythical reversion. The rhizome, as a metaphor for opening, not only breaks down the traditional dichotomy between reality and fiction, but also, by making reference to the contemporary idea of nomadism inspired by Jewish tradition, carries a reflection on identity and otherness in the field of ethics. In the context of biographical narration, the co-existence of the labyrinth and the rhizome signifies on one hand a vain attempt to recreate faithful events from the character’s life, and on the other a restoration of the intersubjective relationship of the author with the Other, whether real or imagined, within the space of the text. This makes it possible to treat the autobiographical and autofictional dimension of Modiano’s work not as an attempt to create the author’s fictional or real identity, but as the coming into being of his ethical identity. In French

Les Oublies/will There Be Promises. .
2000 0-7734-7595-8
This bilingual edition of Les Oublies will be the first presentation in English of the work of a contemporary French poet whose literary distinction and importance are increasingly recognized both in France and internationally. The collection itself is one of the most imaginative, linguistically innovative and humanly sensitive of recent years. The translations are a twin venture: half done by Jacqueline Kiang, an Parisian artist and translator, half by Peter Broome, poet, translator, critic. The aim is to bring two interpretative emphases, two temperaments and two linguistic sensitivities to bear, and the work is, therefore, c contribution to the problematics of translation, with room for comparative critical discussion. The edition has not only the French poems with facing, two-toned translations, but is accompanied by a substantial introduction to the poetry of Jean-Charles Vegliante, the first of its kind, and a concluding essay by the poet himself (who is also a major translator of Italian poetry, notably Dante) on aspects of translation.

Les Reflets, Les Echos Et Les Ombres Chez Henri Bosco Une Etude Du Double Obscur
1993 0-7734-2898-4
This study pursues the exploration of Bosco's dream world, by analyzing the role of the mysterious Other which haunts his entire corpus. It examines in particular three novels: Un Rameau de la nuit (1950); Le Récif (1971); and Une Ombre (1978). It demonstrates that the double assumes, in these narratives, three obsessive forms, and follows his descent to the most perilous ones of the human psyche. In French. Le présent livre se propose de pousser plus loin l'exploration de l'univers onirique de Bosco, en analysant la thématique obsédante de l'Autre mystérieux qui hante les pages de toute son oeuvre. Dans cette étude, l'auteur s'attache particulièrement à trois livres: Un Rameau de la nuit (1950); Le Récif (1971); et Une Ombre (1978). Cette étude vise à montrer que le mystérieux double que habite les couloirs sombres de l'âme revêt, dans les récits de Bosco, trois formes obsédantes, et au course de cette étude, nous lui suivons dans sa descente vers les zones les plus sombres at les plus périlleuses de la psyché humaine.

Les Transformations Linguistiques Qui Ont Fait FranÇais Moderne : Les Etapes De L’evolution D’une Langue / Explaining the History of European Languages : The Developmental Stages of Modern French
2015 1-4955-0350-X
This works constitutes the beautiful summary of 4500 years of transformations that took place in the development of the French language as we know it today, the way we speak it and write it; this study can also apply to any of the Romance languages. (In French)

Les Visages Du HÉros Dans Les Romans De ChrÉtien De Troyes
2008 0-7734-5049-1
This work utilizes an approach based on parallelism and juxtaposition to provide an analysis of Chrétien de Troyes’ romances, and to interpret the recurrent motifs and patterns, which lend the hero an archetypal dimension. In French.

Les Voies Cartographiques a Propos Des Influences Des Cartographes Sur Les Écrivains FranÇais Des Xve Et Xvie SiÈcles
2005 0-7734-6289-9
In French

This study proposes a close study of early modern French literature through the history of cartography and readings in psychoanalysis. Cartographers as well known as Ptolemée, or less famous as Apian, Jolivet, and Abraham Ortellius, influenced French 16th century writers: Tory (Editor in Bourges), Oronce Finé (Cartographer and Mathematician of King Francis Ist) Rabelais, and Montaigne, who conceived their writings with various and always mobile articulations of space. Cartographers and explorers deeply influenced their sense of writings, of conceiving their Renaissance texts and maps in a more architectural and cartographic sense, affected their perceptions of the other, the indigenous figure, helped them to discuss the notion of the “self’’ and contributed to the emerging values of the French nation. Their writings and maps underline, explore and alter space. They map themselves in relation to an autonomous signature – that of the author, artist, cartographer, or editor.

Integrating different historical, sociological and philosophical perspectives, the book proceeds to closely study cartographers’ maps and their writings through visual elements such as letters, trompe-l’oeil, and anamorphosis, and show how this new medium influenced writings of sixteenth century, France. The work will explore the sense of the nation, will discuss the beginning of the autonomous geography of writing and the emergence of Renaissance values in France.

Lesbian Desire in Post-1968 French Literature
2002 0-7734-7110-3


Life and Works of Surrealist Philippe Soupault (1897-1990) Parallel Lives
2002 0-7734-7358-0
This is the first study in English devoted to Philippe Soupault, one of the founder-members of the Surrealist movement. Although he regarded himself primarily as a poet, he also wrote novels, a number of plays, and a heterogeneous set of biographical or critical studies. In addition, his activity in publishing brought him into contact with international authors, and his work as a journalist enabled him to report first-hand on Hitler’s rise to power, and to compare conditions in the Soviet Union and the United States in the early 1930s. This study examines questions of truth and fiction, the reliability of memory, modes of writing, and the problems these pose for biographer and/or critic.

Linda LÊ, L’Écriture Du Manque
2006 0-7734-5925-1
This groundbreaking study, the first ever published on Linda Lê, a young albeit prolific writer of Vietnamese origin whose fiction shocked readers by its violence and cruelty and challenged critics by its complexity, explores the issue of ‘lack’ (manque) in three areas of Lê’s rich works: of rootedness in her writing, of loving relationships, of the father figure and nurturing mother. Lê’s displaced, exiled status is not foreign to the Deleuzean postmodernist aspects of her prose and to the pharmakon nature (both poison and remedy) of her texts. The study further demonstrates the difficulty of personal relationships in Lê’s works; while Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse only applies here to incestuous, fraternal relationships, Derrida’s The Post Card continues to shed light on the father-daughter relationship. The conclusion presents a lighter side of Lê often overlooked by critics, i.e., humor and playfulness, and the fantastic. In addition to being rigorous in its method and original in its approach, this study makes Lê’s works less daunting, more approachable to academics and graduate students. It will appeal to scholars in contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Asian literature, as well as Women’s Studies, Postmodernism, and Postcolonial Studies.

Literary Narratives on the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century French Elite Educational System
2002 0-7734-7033-6


LittÉrature Francophone Contemporaine: Essais Sur Le Dialogue Et Les FrontiÈres
2008 0-7734-4932-9
The essays in this collection analyze the mechanisms by which francophone writers attempt to blur the traditional boundaries of the fictional universe in their quest for meaning and aesthetics. This work also demonstrates how these authors build productive exchanges with artistic alerities in different socio-geographic regions. In French.

Loves of Sundry Philosophers and Other Great Men , a Translation of Madame De Villedieu's Les Amours Des Grands Hommes
1999 0-7734-7867-1
Klein’s book provides the opportunity to read in English the innovative narratives of an illustrious woman author who played a prominent role on the literary scene in France during the reign of Louis XIV. Marie-Catherine de Desjardins de Villedieu produced over ten volumes of works that include plays, poetry, and narrative fictions. Today’s critics attribute Villedieu with having created a new genre of literature, the ‘nouvelle galante’, in which the author recounts a series of gallant episodes, rather than the heroic actions so popular in the adventure stories of the first half of the seventeenth century.

L’absence Et Le DÉtail Dans L’oeuvre Romanesque De Camus
2003 0-7734-6583-9
This meticulous study proposes a reading of Camus’s novels and short stories through the themes of ‘absence’ and ‘insignificance.’ It argues that ‘absent characters’ (for example, the obliteration of the brother in The First Man, the erasure of Maman in L’Etranger, or the silencing of female characters in most works), ‘insignificant topics’ and ‘details’ (the use of cinema, dogs, trains, or fighting scenes) actually play a fundamental role. No single study has yet focused on the role of such apparently unimportant motifs in Camus’s fiction. The study demonstrates that these motifs are central to many of Camus’s novels and short stories because they deal with such key themes as exile, injustice, redemption, unsettled virility, and above all, humanism.

L’Écriture Feminine Au Xvie SiÈcle, En France
2008 0-7734-5087-4
The purpose of the present work is the study of the access of women to literature in sixteenth-century France, a period not considered to be conducive to the awakening of female writers. This book focuses on the different steps of personal writing and the analysis of the women’s literary work. This book contains seven color photographs and six black and white photographs. In French.

L’essayiste Roumain Émile Cioran A-T-Il ÉtÉ Un Fasciste AntisÉmite?: Un Effort Pour Le Comprendre Dans Le Contexte Nationaliste
2010 0-7734-1403-7
This work disputes the theory applied by Pierre-Yves Boissau and Alexandra Laignel-Lavastine to Cioran’s most controversial work, The Transfiguration of Romania. These French critics, and contemporaries of Cioran, argued that his works masked certain political ideas. This book, based on numerous Romanian translations, asserts an alternative perspective to Cioran and his work.

L’expression Du Sentiment Dans L’oeuvre De Benjamin Constant
2001 0-7734-7414-5
This is the first only work to date that attempts to consider the works of the Swiss author and theoretician, Benjamin Constant (1767-1830), from the perspective of his little known treatise on religion. Constant’s work on religion, published in seven volumes from 1824 to 1833, in fact represents the development of the notion of sentiment. Individual sentiment is the defining notion of human beings, the trait which best distinguishes our species from other animal species. The first part of the work is a close reading of Constant’s religious works, followed by an examination of his political writings. The final part, which deals with his literary works, shows that the notions of sentiment, of society and social forces, of opinion and individual freedom run throughout these works, where they generally take the form of maxims. In French.

Madame De SÉvignÉ Et Michel De Montaigne: L’Écriture Intime À La Lettre Et À L’essai
2008 0-7734-4886-1
The study shows how Montaigne, in his Essays and Travel Journal, and Madame de Sévigné in her Correspondence live the tension between two contradictory and complementary inclinations of human nature: on the one hand, opening towards another, communication with a loved one, and, on the other hand, withdrawal, reflection, and distress.

Marquis De Sade’s Veiled Social Criticism: The Depravities of Sodom as the Perversities of France
2008 0-7734-5111-0
This work aims to separate de Sade the individual from his image in order to better understand his philosophy regarding the “libertine” status quo on the Ancien Régime in France. By doing so, his prophetic magnum opus, The One Hundred Days of Sodom, is parted from the accretions of misapprehension which have surrounded it and shown as the author intended it to be: a philosophical mirror by which France would recognize its foibles and its errant ways.

Maternal Subjectivity in the Works of Stendhal
2001 0-7734-7583-4
This study examines the ways in which Stendhal’s treatment of maternal figures is both revolutionary and prophetic. It contends that Stendhal was the first French writer to give mothers the opportunity to be both maternal and sexual beings simultaneously, breaking the traditional mold of the Madonna/whore dichotomy. Approaching the question of maternal identity from a perspective of feminist psychoanalytic criticism, based on the theories of Nancy Chodorow and Julia Kristeva, among others, the study begins with an overview of maternal figures in French literature from Rabelais to Rousseau, stressing the traditional Western image of the Madonna and its corresponding psychoanalytic paradigms. It then examines maternal figures from the Stendhalian novel, including Armance, Mme. De Rênal, and Clélia Conti, concluding with a detailed analysis of Stendhal’s portrayal of mothers that marks him as a revolutionary figure in feminist literary history.

Medieval Debate on Jean De Meung's Roman De La Rose
1992 0-88946-318-2
This book supports the theory that all the participants in the early 15th-century debate on Jean de Meung's Roman de la Rose were members of the French Humanist movement. It also proposes that the dispute reveals considerable divisions within that movement, illustrated by the acrimonious tones adopted by both sides. Outlines the fortunes of the Roman de la Rose during the period of over 100 years between the time of its completion and the initiation of the debate; discusses the general preoccupations of the protagonists in the debate: the views of Christine de Pizan, Jean Gershon, et al.; and the contents of the debate itself.

Medieval Triptych Panels From the Cloister, City, and Castle
1987 0-7734-9213-5
French texts with English translations. The First Panel includes: "The Doctrinal" and "The Walks of Life"; the Second Panel includes: "The Works of Hues Piaucele: Sire Hain and Dame Anieuse" and "D'Estourmi"; the Third Panel includes: "Watriquet de Couvin: The Mirror of Princes" and "On the Generation of Traitors." Supplemented by bibliography and index.

MÉlusine (roman De Parthenay Ou Roman De Lusignan)
2009 0-7734-4823-3
This edition of Mélusine by Couldrette, accompanied by a translation into Modern French, is based on manuscript BnF fr. 18623 and provides specialists and non-specialists with privileged access to an important version of the Mélusinian textual tradition. In French.

Mental Representation Theory in Old French Allegory From the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
1996 0-7734-8815-4
This study illustrates the usefulness of using contemporary philosophies of literary criticism to elucidate old texts. Mental Representation theory propounded by Umberto Eco, Gilles Fauconnier, and other contemporary scholars lends itself well to the interpretation of dream allegory. This study provides a breakdown of the mental components of the dream text and shows how they fit together to form a cohesive whole. Providing a new way to read these texts, The Romance of the Rose, The Dream of Hell, The Tournament of the Antichrist, and others, Mental Representation theory interprets interpretation in a new, clearer, more complete fashion by looking at the dream, the cosmic nature of allegory, and its linguistic and mental structures.

Metamorphoses of Passion and the Heroic in French Literature - Corneille, Stendahl, Claudel
1999 0-7734-7989-9


Middle French Translation of Bernard Gui's Shorter Historical Works by Jean Golein
1993 0-7734-9263-1
Makes available for the first time a good portion of the shorter historical works of the famed inquisitor, translated by Jean Golein in 1369. These essays are a compendium of knowledge on the Roman Emperors, Popes, Kings of France, the bishops of Limoges and Toulouse, the priors of Grandmont and Artige, the monastery of St. Augustine at Limoges, the Councils of the Church, and the Mass. The annotations, which are to a large extent based on the Latin sources, serve both to indicate these sources and to clarify difficult words and passages. Includes tables of the principal figures of th text and an extensive index.

Models of Women in Sixteenth-Century French Literature
2007 0-7734-5332-6
This book offers a feminist critique of the so-called “crisis of exemplarity” in late Renaissance texts by comparing and contrasting examples proposed to female readers in two collections of sixteenth-century French short stories, Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires tragiques and Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron. The author proposes that female exemplarity has its own poetics and cannot be considered simply as identical or symmetrical to male exemplarity. What emerges in the course of the study is an understanding of the different ways in which exemplarity enters the life of the female reader: through history, truth, invention, memory and strangeness.

Modern Breton Political Poet, Anjela Duval a Biography and an Anthology
1990 0-88946-570-3
Contributes to Women's Studies by means of its focus on the compelling poetry of a woman who was little known outside her natal territory and wrote in a now-threatened minority language. An introductory section traces the poet's life and her place in Brittany's history and poetic tradition. The poems themselves are presented in their original language and in translation, with appropriate annotations.

Modern Jewish Writers of France
1997 0-7734-8693-3
Included in this study are those Jewish writers who are conscious of being Jewish and whose novels deal solely or mostly with themes and protagonists inspired by the characteristics of Jewish societies, selected for their special literary or critical importance or interest in modern French letters. Chapter headings include: A Historical and Literary Overview to 1940; Writers of the Holocaust; Romain Gary - Lone Rider; Humor as Survival - Claude Berri, Jacques Joffo, and Jacques Lanzmann; From Wandering to Assimilation - Marek Halter and Roger Ikor; Albert Cohen - Between Laughter and Despair; Eastern Europe Meets the West - Ashkenazic Writers; Out of North Africa - Sephardic Writers; conclusion and bibliography.

Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot as Readers of Erasmus
1995 0-7734-9029-9
This book explores the relationship between critical reading and creative imitation of the works of Erasmus by Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot. This study makes judicious use of Erasmus' exegetical writings and his Colloquies in order to demonstrate how specific religious, ethical, and moral problems were treated in remarkably similar ways by Erasmus, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot. In addition to introductory and concluding chapters, the work contains three chapters which explore the creative imitation of Erasmus' work by these three writers. It contains numerous original interpretations which will enrich our understanding of the these writers, and will appeal to scholars interested in French and neo-Latin literatures and also to those interested in Renaissance philosophy and theology.

Mother Figure in Emile Zola's Le Rougon-Macquart
2006 0-7734-5521-3
This book analyzes the role of the mother figure in Emile Zola’s twenty-novel series Les Rougon-Macquart. Zola’s texts demonstrate a continual preoccupation with women as they become mothers, specifically, how their status as reproductive and sexual beings creates a conflict that cannot be reconciled. The author employs theories of determinism and naturalism to shape the mother figure, relying on tainted heredity to place her in situations in which she is bound to fail, either as a mother or as a woman. Motherhood in Les Rougon-Macquart entails an alienation of the woman as she loses her autonomy and her voice. The ideal mother portrayed in the series is a woman who will sacrifice her sexuality and even herself to fit the mold established by Zola. This work will appeal to Zola scholars as well as to scholars of nineteenth-century fiction and women’s studies.

My Hatreds/mes Haines
1991 0-7734-9736-6
A translation of the first collection of journalistic articles on criticism published in one volume from Emile Zola. Mes Haines, published June 1866, contains fifteen essays and a controversial, provocative preface written by Zola during his early, formative years in Paris. In these articles can be found the seeds of all of Zola's later concepts on art, literature, criticism, aesthetics, and history, which came to be known as his "Naturalism". Makes available to English-speaking scholars this important work of Zola and Naturalism, and provides a rare overview of the multiple issues confronting nineteenth-century France during the Second Empire.

Myth and Guilt-Consciousness in Balzac’s la Femme De Trente Ans
1999 0-7734-8267-9
This volume offers a different and original reading of La Femme de trente ans which contributes to a deeper comprehension of the text from a religious point of view, revealing a spiritual and mythical dimension of the experience of the tragic heroine.

Myth and the Fiction of Michel Tournier and Patrick Grainville
1999 0-7734-7938-4
This study explores the ways in which myth, in its various guises, operates in the work of two of France’s most highly regarded and popular writers, and draws attention to the similarities between their fiction and that of other novelists of the period. The study explores myth in relation to literature, music, and finally the visual image.

Mythic Symbolism and Cultural Anthropology in Three Early Works by Marguerite Yourcenar Nouvelles Orientales, Le Coup De Grâce, "anna, Soror..." (comme L'eau Qui Coule)
1995 0-7734-9079-5
This study, which relies on the theories of Mircea Eliade, Gilbert Durand, C. G. Jung, offers a symbolic reading of three early works, all originally published in the 1930's. During that decade, Yourcenar's metaphysical thinking expressed itself through myth, and as the writer herself affirms, many of her characters thus represent "figures of mythical magnitude". In addition to disproving comments regarding the anti-feminist aspects of Yourcenar's writing, this study of her short fiction also signals the fundamental originality of the early narratives, and firmly establishes them as masterpieces of French literature.

New Approaches in Flaubert Studies
1999 0-7734-8197-4
The essays in this volume bear witness to the fascination Flaubert continues to exercise over a century after his death, and illuminate many neglected or unexpected faces of his genius. "I am as impressed by the range and depth of analysis shown in the twelve widely varied contributions themselves as by the scope of Williams' mammoth introductory survey of trends in Flaubert criticism since the early 1980s and the exciting prospects opened by Unwin's introduction to Flaubert and the new technologies. The whole work shows an admirable balance of scrupulous scholarship and challengingly inventive and insightful criticism." – David Roe, author of Gustave Flaubert, Macmillan, 1989)

New Interpretations in the History of French Literature: From Marie De France to Beckett and Cioran
2008 0-7734-5170-6
This work contains essays in French and English, and translations from French to English. The texts, by American and Canadian and scholars of French literature, cover the medieval through to the modern period. In French and English. This book contains six black and white photographs.

Nicolas Filleul, le Discours
2005 0-7734-6185-X
The 117 sonnets of Nicolas Filleul's Discours are published here for the first time since their appearance in print in Rouen in 1560. The author was a minor provincial poet, who later had a successful career as a court poet and dramatist, frequently working in the service of the Queen Mother, Catherine dé Medici. The sonnets treat a diversity of themes. Filleul addresses poems to his two mistresses, aims satirical attacks at what he perceives as current abuses, and deals with a range of moral issues, speculating on the nature of honour and reputation, and the advantages of simple pleasures away from the life of the court. Among ancient authors, his principal model is Horace. He is also much indebted to Ronsard's love poetry and to Du Bellay's Regrets, published two years earlier and, like the Discours, combining the elegiac, the satirical and the moral. The purpose of the current edition is to make available to those interested in the field of sixteenth-century French poetry a collection of verse which only survives in the great collections of Paris libraries, and to facilitate the reading and appreciation of Filleul's first publication. While the sonnets may be uneven in quality, they are testimony to the variety and richness of the poetry of the time, and to the enthusiasm with which French poets embraced the revolution brought about by Ronsard and his colleagues.

Nineteenth-Century French Novel: A Reader's Path to Classic Fiction
2013 0-7734-4498-X
The purpose of the book is to provide in-depth evaluations of forty-five French novels chosen as the most representative of nineteenth-century classic fiction. Selected titles are given succinct plot overviews followed by a thorough textural analysis. The evaluations provide a social, historical and literary context in order to capture both the readers’ interest and their curiosity in order to entice them to discover these classic novels in their entirety.

Nouveaux MÉmoires IntÉrieurs/more Reflections From the Soul
1991 0-7734-9616-5
In various sections of the Reflections, Mauriac discusses the nature of art, Christianity, childhood recollections, the Nietzschean ethos and many other topics. All of the book's thirteen chapters, plus an epilogue, an untitled section, and finally a postface treat topics which, in their arrangement, seem disparate. What sets this work apart from other reflections on the past is the poetry with which Mauriac infuses every topic. Although his experiences are his own, they evoke similar memories on the part of his reader.

Octave Mirbeau’s Literary and Intellectual Evolution as a French Writer 1880-1914
2000 0-7734-7792-6
This study demonstrates how the fusion of literary and political ideas in Mirbeau generated a vision of reality that foreshadowed Modernity. Through Mirbeau’s descriptions of the effects of technological, scientific developments of the day and the temporal and spatial implications of such developments (the automobile, for instance) on the literary process, coupled with his advocacy of a radical political ideology to expose the inadequacies of social democracy, it explores the relationship between literature and politics by highlighting how innovation in the creative process provides a more accommodating and reflective framework for the expression of political difference. Examines Le Calvaire; Sébastian Roch; L’Abbé Jules; Le Jardin des supplices; Le Journal d’une femme de chambre; Dans le ciel; Les 21 jours d’un neurasthénique; La 628-E8; Dingo.

Paratextuality in Balzac's La Peau De Chagrin/the Wild Ass's Skin
1992 0-7734-9507-X
This work is several studies in one, beginning with a positivistic examination of the paratext (subtitles, epigraphs, both editorial and authorial) that surrounds Balzac's first signed novel. It yields several readings equally deserving of consideration. Numerous references to critics like Barthes and Greenblatt support the author's attempt at a deconstructive reading of Balzac, subverting the positivistic approach to the text by focusing on extra-textual elements, with the help of Genette. This study, an exercise in post-structuralist criticism, a celebration of Balzac, and a demonstration of the implications of Genette's work in contemporary literary criticism, will prove useful to both the beginner and the graduate student of Balzac.

Partial Edition of Les Fais Des Rommains with a Study of Its Style and Syntax a Medieval Roman History
1995 0-7734-2918-2
Les Fais des Rommains is an early fifteenth century copy of an anonymous prose translation of Roman history with Julius Caesar as the central figure. It was an ambitious attempt to glean from the best Roman historians a history of Roman civilization with intentional didactic emendations for a medieval audience. Fifty-nine manuscripts of the translation are accounted for, the oldest one written in the thirteenth century. Hence, changes in syntax and style and other miscellaneous variations between this fifteenth century version and previously edited thirteenth-century renditions can be studied, where a scribe is faithful to his text, but echoes the thoughts and language of his own time.

Patriotism in the Work of Joachim du Bellay a Study of the Relationship Between the Poet and France
1993 0-7734-9265-8
This book analyzes the patriotism of the French poet as expressed in the prose and verse produced during his brief career (1549-1560). His prose manifesto La deffence et illustration de la langue françoise and his poetry are considered at length. An Appendix to the book sets the poet's considerable output of public verse against the events which inspired it. A second major focus is the effect of his residency in Rome on the formulation of his patriotism.

Paysages FranÇais Sur Fond D'amÉrique
1995 0-7734-1945-4
How do French intellectuals view America? Why is the French discourse about America a mirror of France itself? Such are the questions examined in this collection of interviews with sociologists, historians, writers, scientists. The reader will find among others Elisabeth Badinter, Michel Winock, Yves Berger, Daniel Buren, Jean-Jacques Chaban-Delmas. Topics include the arts, feminism, ethics in science, ecology, history, political institutions, the media, youth, violence, landscapes, antiamericanism. These interviews engage issues central to a real dialogue between French and American cultures. Each interview is annotated and followed by additional texts (literary, philosophical, sociological) aimed at broadening students' cultural background. A culture index and numerous graphs with sociological data also complete the interviews. This textbook is intended for intermediate to advanced French students in culture, conversation or language classes. In French. Quelle est la part de mythe dans la représentation française de l'Amérique? Pourquoi le discours des Français sur l'Amérique constitue-t-il un miroir de la France elle-même? Telles sont les questions qu'examine ce recueil d'interviews de sociologues, historiens, chercheurs, écrivains (dont Elisabeth Badinter, Michel winock, Yves Berger, Daniel Buren, Jean-Jacques Chaban-Delmas). Ces interviews remettent en question divers stéréotypes et ouvrent un dialogue interculturel. Y sont abordés les arts, le féminisme, l'écologie, la science et le progrès, l'histoire, les institutions politiques, les médias, les jeunes, le paysage, la violence, l'antiaméricanisme. Chaque interview est annotée en vocabulaire et suivie de textes complémentaires (littéraires, philosophiques, sociologiques) visant à élargir les débats. Un index culturel en fin de livre ainsi que nombreux tableaux de données sociologiques complètent les interviews. Paysages français sur fond d'Amérique s'adresse à des étudiants de Français de niveau moyen et avancé en classes de culture, conversation ou langue. En français.

Performance of Shakespeare in France Since the Second World War
2006 0-7734-5891-3
Much has been written on Shakespeare’s global, overarching influence on 20th century theatre. In France, the transformations of the stage in the 20th century have been accompanied by increased interest in his plays. In sharp contrast with the reviling of Shakespeare’s “foreignness” in previous decades, by the late 1940s French academics and directors began to speak of a “need” for his theatre. Theatre practitioners and critics continue today to regard him as a leading figure on the French stage and have ensured that his theatre has continued to thrive. However, despite reaching unprecedented heights by the end of the century, the sheer scale of the vogue for Shakespeare and the reasons behind his success in France today had not been thoroughly addressed. This book provides a comprehensive survey and critical evaluation of Shakespearian production in France from the 1960s to the end of the twentieth century. Through a study of the specifics of a large number of productions, the work theorises the strategies used by each new wave of directors to influence the Shakespearian repertoire and generate new appropriations of Shakespeare’s theatre, from critical interpretations of his plays in the light of the theories of Bertolt Brecht and Jan Kott in the 1960s and the iconoclastic radicalisations of the 1970s to the self-referential post-modern “theatre of images” of the 1980s and 1990s and the playful and radical appropriations of the young directors of the 1990s. In a final section, the book moves beyond essentialist categories to replace the directors’ expressions of admiration for Shakespeare in the wider French cultural discourse. Interpreting the evidence in the light of theories of cultural materialism, the study suggests that Shakespearian production has been maintained by belief in the mythical status of Shakespeare. Imposing new visions of his theatre has enabled directors to redefine the field of Shakespearian production, explaining the paradox that Shakespearian production both remains constant and is continually transformed.

This original study makes a significant contribution to the study of Shakespeare’s place in France, surveying forty years of changes and innovations in Shakespearian theatre production. It also opens up a new area of debate within the established field of Shakespearian studies, relocating it in the arena of cultural politics in France. It would be of particular interest to scholars in the following areas: Shakespeare studies in France; theatre studies; history of 20th century French theatre; history of 20th century French cultural policy; semiotics; literary theory; the work of Georges Lavaudant, Daniel Mesguich and Stéphane Braunschweig; Shakespeare and cultural materialism. The book contains a valuable database recording new Shakespearian productions in France between 1960 and 1997.

Pierre Descaves, Temoin Et Pionnier De La Radio Vol. 1
2000 0-7734-7734-9
This two-volume work describes for the first time the rich and varied career of a man who was at the center of cultural life in Paris after WWII as president of the Société des Gens de lettres and as general administrator of the Comédie français, and who was above all intimately associated with French radio in various ways at an important moment in its development from 1926 to 1942 and 1944 to 1966. The son of a man of letters, and himself the author of several novels and literary memoirs, Descaves brought to his radio criticism aesthetic values. His analysis of his ideas and of those of his contemporaries allows us to appreciate the qualities and faults of different kinds of programs and to see how people wanted to defend the cultural mission of radio as a popular art form before the triumph of television. Descaves also wrote important radio plays, and a large part of the book examines the attempt to create a form of theater entirely distinct from that of the stage. In French.

Pierre Descaves, Temoin Et Pionnier De La Radio Vol. 2
2000 0-7734-7736-5
This two-volume work describes for the first time the rich and varied career of a man who was at the center of cultural life in Paris after WWII as president of the Société des Gens de lettres and as general administrator of the Comédie français, and who was above all intimately associated with French radio in various ways at an important moment in its development from 1926 to 1942 and 1944 to 1966. The son of a man of letters, and himself the author of several novels and literary memoirs, Descaves brought to his radio criticism aesthetic values. His analysis of his ideas and of those of his contemporaries allows us to appreciate the qualities and faults of different kinds of programs and to see how people wanted to defend the cultural mission of radio as a popular art form before the triumph of television. Descaves also wrote important radio plays, and a large part of the book examines the attempt to create a form of theater entirely distinct from that of the stage. In French.

Pierre Loti’s Dramatic Works
1998 0-7734-8247-4
This book traces Loti’s to the stage from the miniature theatre of his childhood, his first impressions of Hernani in Paris and subsequent friendship with Sarah Bernhardt, to the production of his plays by Porel and Antoine and the staging of his and Judith Gautier’s “Chinese” drama in America. It includes an introduction focusing on development in the French theatre around 1890. Loti’s talents as artist and novelist are evaluated. Following chapters with full notes deal with each of his plays in turn. This study of a different and sor unexplored aspect of Pierre Loti provides not only new material on the writer himself but offers fresh insights into the theatrical world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Poetic Style of Corneille's Tragedies an Aesthetic Interpretation
1990 0-88946-569-X
Analyzes the poetic style of Corneille's Médée, Le Cid, Horace, Cinna, Polyeucte, Pompée, Théodore, and Rodogune, with a final chapter devoted to the later tragedies. Situates the Corneille's stylistic mode of expression within the historical framework and social milieu in which these works were composed.

Poetical Meditations/mÉditations PoÉtiques
1993 0-7734-9221-6
This is the first English translation of Lamartine's Méditations poétiques which influenced French literature by its exploration of literary forms, its close relationship with nature from which it proceeds and to which it constantly refers. This work opens new vistas upon the European Romantic Movement. Notes and commentaries offer the reader explanations of language and stylistic problems and assist the reader in developing interpretations and understanding cultural variety. The facing page format provides a ready reference for both the novice student of French literature and the Lamartine scholar.

Poeticite de la Description au Dix-Neuvieme Siecle ( The Various Ways Nineteenth-Century French Poets and Novelists Write Descriptions of Feelings, Events,and Things)
2012 0-7734-2624-8
Literary criticism examining the way poetic description gives multiple meanings to the objects it scrutinizes in contrast to factual inscriptive and prescriptive statements.

Poetry of Louise Herlin, Contemporary French Poet
2003 0-7734-6784-X
This critical monograph brings to light the hidden movements, the delicate shifts and changes, the revealing thresholds, the perceptive highlights, the secret image-patterns and fine verbal textures of a poet devoted to exploring the frontiers between the world of nature (its vital energies, its seasonal metamorphoses, its awakened stimuli) and the hesitations of the individual consciousness (caught between alertness and lethargy, osmosis and alienation, mortality and memory, seductions of the senses and the cooler antidotes of abstract oversight). It is the first full-length study, in English or French, to be devoted to this exceptional poet (already featuring in most of the major anthologies of recent French poetry).

Political Bias, Censorship and the Dissolution of the "official" Press in Eighteenth-Century France
1991 0-7734-9719-6
Officially approved French periodicals of the 18th century are all too easily dismissed as timid unchanging monoliths which listed nothing but ceremonial and protocol or catered for the restricted interests of a small literary elite. To counteract this, the evolution of general news coverage is described in detail here, following developments in taste and at times even risking official disapproval. Illustrates the practical difficulties of publishing news under the Old Regime and the long-term habits to which this gave rise. Uses contemporary sources to clear up misconceptions and most importantly to serve as a guide to what was expected of the press at the time and after. In order to reveal what was often missing in papers published in France, coverage of things French in the foreign press at three token periods during the century is included. The epilogue shows how officialdom in France would continue up to the 20th century to react instinctively in ways already seen under the Ancien Regime. As an Appendix a statistical analysis of part of the contents of the Gazette shows the distribution and speed of news gathering and the growth of the love of miscellaneous non-official news items. A thematic as well as a general index is also included.

Portrayal of Anne of Austria in Modern French Literature: Spanish Infanta or Spanish Queen?
2010 0-7734-1345-6
Although many biographies and historical studies of Queen Anne exist, this work is the first to evaluate Anne of Austria as a literary figure.

Portrayal of Birds in Selected Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Fiction
2002 0-7734-7079-4


Portrayals of Medicine, Physicians, Patients, and Illnesses in French Literature From the Middle Ages to the Present: A Collection of Essays
2011 0-7734-1512-2
This collection of essays examines the various representations of medicine in French Literature, from the Middle Ages to the present. It addresses questions of how we have developed, authorized and dealt with the concept of being studied and treated as scientific subjects. The study also investigates how we negotiate being patients, doctors, and spectators in defining the concept and the field of medicine.

Privileged Moments in the Novels and Short Stories of J. M. G. Le Clézio: His Contemporary Development of a Traditional French Literary Device
2008 0-7734-5002-5
An original study of the “privileged moment” as a key to understanding the work of Le Clézio, a 2008 winner for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

ProblÉmatique Du PoÈme En Sonnet: Ronsard, Heredia, Baudelaire
2010 0-7734-1463-0


Purgatory Manuscript / Le Manuscrit Du Purgatoire the Relations of a Nun with a Soul in Purgatory
1990 0-88946-067-1
An English translation of the diary of a mystic over a period of some twenty years. French original text included.

Rabelais Et Montaigne Chapitres Choisis
1991 0-7734-9704-8
Selected complete chapters in French from the works of Rabelais and Montaigne, with notes (in English) explaining literary and historical references and difficult portions of the Middle French vocabulary. Designed to make Rabelais and Montaigne accessible to Anglophone students of the French Renaissance.

Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War a Critical Approach
2013 0-7734-3061-X
Scholars have remarked that World War I offered women possibilities that were not available to them prior to the war. One could ask if this is also true about the Spanish Civil War. While Spanish literature provided intricate, vibrant portraits of women and gender relations, the texts Bralove discusses maintained traditional, home-bound, nurturing, supportive, and non-combative roles for women whose lives centered on domesticity and/or men.

The use of force against undefended civilian targets during the Spanish Civil War, to an extent not previously seen in modern Western Europe, created a fundamental change in the landscape of war. One famous reaction to this was Picasso’s well known painting Guernica, which was created in part to build support for the Republican cause. The painting depicts a bombing in a marketplace, and it implies that there are no borders between home and battle fronts.

In discussing the gender ‘road not taken’ there are discussions of biographical elements, personal, political, and intellectual, that underlie the connections between writers and their works. This might shed light on how authors treated gender, and most significantly what they did not say in their novels with this respect.

Resistance to Culture in MoliÈre, Laclos, Flaubert, and Camus a Post-Modernist Approach
1992 0-7734-9159-7
These authors are studied as exemplars of a literature of negation of dominant trends in modern culture and of a certain conception of literature. Specifically, each is shown to write in order to contest the post-Renaissance ideology of instrumentalist rationalism. This is a new integration of ideas in a single work with a strong historical and theoretical framework. The work demonstrates the persistence, since the seventeenth century, of intellectual and ethical issues considered vitally important today. The book will interest specialists on each of the authors, students of literary theory, and scholars interested in cultural criticism.

Rhetoric of Pessimism and Strategies of Containment in the Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant
1993 0-7734-9344-1
This study proposes an overall interpretation based on an analysis of three constants. First, Maupassant accepts that man lives in an objective, contingent world in which he has no purpose, and elevates the notion of chance into an explanation of the human condition. Secondly, this awareness explains the adoption of a view of the world as farce. Thirdly, in order to shape and mitigate the consequences of these positions, Maupassant elaborates a rhetoric of pessimism and strategies of containment. This triple approach enables Maupassant to rise above the evidence of his experience and gives the reader access to a work that otherwise might appear inconsequential and disparate. Maupassant's three hundred and six short stories represent a unified series of variations on three constants and offer a coherent, tightly structured response to a very personal dilemma that nevertheless has universal application.

Role of Discourse Markers in the Structuring of Discourse: A Study of the Use of the Word alors in the French Language
2005 0-7734-6203-1
Discourse markers are the word insertions that people engage to provide continuity in conversations. Examples of discourse markers in English would include “like”, “you know”, “and” and “uh”. This study examines the use of the discourse marker “alors” in the French language.

Romance of Jean De Paris/le Romant De Jehan De Paris Translated From the Old French
1993 0-7734-9225-9
This anonymous fifteenth-century romance offers readers an unusual and curious window on the realities and mentalities of the late French Middle Ages. The crafty and often humorous antics of the young king of France disguised as a rich bourgeois in order to steal the old king of England's Spanish fiancée are very much in tune with the cynical and satirical stories widely told at that time. The book reveals signs of emerging national patriotism in France after the Hundred Year War against the English, and is also an emblem celebrating the ideal prince.

Romantic and Transcendental Quests of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Victor-Marie Hugo
2003 0-7734-6668-1
This study demonstrates that there is a substantial philosophical congeniality between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Victor Hugo which has so far gone unnoticed. It shows many striking affinities, offering a fresh perspective on both authors. It examines how both Emerson’s and Hugo’s ideas and perceptions grew out of 19th-century Western ideology, as well as their personal psycho-physiological experiences of the world. In arguing for an understanding of Hugo as a Gallic Transcendentalist, this comparative study corrects one popular image of the French writer, that of a moody, eccentric megalomaniac and superficial trifler. Beginning with a lively cultural-studies analysis of both writers’ personal as well as socio-historical backgrounds, it examines specific, authentic 19th-century articles from French and American journals in order to shed light on what critics had to say about the foreign poet. There is also a collection and analysis of Emerson’s never-written ‘French Traits,’ Emerson’s perceptions of the French as a nation as expressed in his journal entries. The study then gives a detailed analysis of Emerson’s and Hugo’s main affinity: their Transcendentalist cosmogony.

Rousseau's Aesthetics of Feeling
2007 0-7734-5317-2
This study breaks new ground by focusing on the role of the arts in Rousseau’s novel, Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse, and through them demonstrates the underlying consistency of his thought. Although he never elaborated a formal aesthetic doctrine, Rousseau’s ideas on the arts provide the foundation for the novel and can be discerned therein. Moving between his theoretical and literary writings, this study reveals how Rousseau achieved his aesthetic and ethical goals, examining his alternation between the roles of censor and champion of the arts. This book contains 12 black and white photographs.

Seeking Sartre’s Style - Stylistic Inroads Into Les Chemins De La Liberte
2003 0-7734-6684-3
This study looks at Jean Sartre’s trilogy through the interdisciplinary angle of philosophy and linguistics. Moving from the conventional study of prose narrative, this book provides a rewarding understanding and appreciation of Sartre’s use of language in Les Chemins de la liberté. With the application of various stylistic procedures, practical examples of textual analysis are given and act as a useful tool for students of stylistics.

Selected Poems of Andre Chedid
1995 0-7734-2908-5
This bilingual translation and study of selected poems of Andrée Chedid includes the original poems in French and English, and an introductory essay. Chedid authored 27 volumes of poetry, and won prestigious prizes in Europe, but is known in the US only for fiction. The author/translator met with Chedid in Paris, and corresponded with her on the production of this volume.

Self, Language and the Social in the Writings of Jules VallÈs (1832 - 1885): The Jacques Vingtras Trilogy
2004 0-7734-6524-3
This study offers a different and original reading of the Jacques Vingtras Trilogy, contributing a deeper comprehension of the work on a psychological, social, and literary plane. New dimensions of the text are explored using Girard’s concept of desire and Lacanaian thought in an analysis of the protagonist’s Self. The power of discourse, both verbal and non-verbal, is illustrated as exerting the various forms of social control portrayed in the trilogy. Finally, a look at the unresolved question of classifying Vallès’ writing shows that he created a full or global view of his subject through the combination of both internal and external realism.

Semiotic Analysis of the Use of Colors in Stendhalian and Other Novels
2002 0-7734-6968-0


Short Fiction and the Press in France 1829-1841 Followed by a Selection of Short Fiction From the Periodical and Daily Press
1995 0-7734-8956-8
After 1829 the appearance in France of a number of magazines and newspapers which promoted original short fiction brought about a revolution in the dissemination, form and development of new literature. At first restricted to literary reviews, after 1836 newspapers also adopted short fiction. This led to the influence of editors and the public in dictating literary taste, and the commercialization soon provoked a critical debate on the role of literature and the press. This work examines this phenomenon and analyses the enormous output of short fiction by concentrating on two major reviews, La Revue de Paris and La Revue des Deux Mondes, and two leading newspapers, La Presse and Le Siècle, supplemented by a wide selection of other titles. This is followed by a cross section of stories which constitutes a unique collection of hitherto unpublished short fiction, thus allowing the reader to gain firsthand experience of a process that was to shape the future of French literature.

Simone Weil and the Socialist Tradition
1991 0-7734-9913-X
This is a textual examination of Weil's works which the author relates to classic marxism and anarchism. Discusses Weil's critique of worker misery/alienation, imperialism, and the social systems of capitalism, its Nazi variant, and Soviet Communism.

Six French and English Translations of don Quixote Compared: A Study in the History of Translation Theory
2010 0-7734-3803-3
This study addresses some of the practical problems encountered in translating a literary work, whether within the same historical time frame or centuries later. Cervantes’ masterpiece is carefully compared to translations in French by Cësar Oudin, Francois Filleau de Saint-Martin and Louis Viardot and in English by Thomas Shelton, Peter Motteux and John Ormsby.

Six Medieval French Farces Translated, with an Introduction and Commentary
1999 0-7734-8038-2
This volume offers English translations of six French farces dating from the beinning to the mid-16th century. Each play portrays particular features of French farce. The author has clearly illustrated these informative aspects, allowing the reader to appreciate the finer distinctions between works within the genre. The Introduction provides a clear profile of the corpus of plays as well as a brief but enlightening history of farce itself. Each chapter/play includes its own introduction and set of notes, providing historical, cultural, and staging information.

Sixteenth Century French Women Writers
2003 0-7734-6666-5
This study describes the ideas and works of women, mostly poets, who all had links to Marguerite d’Angoulême. Anne Malet de Graville was lady in waiting at the court of Claude de France, and made adaptations of two old texts. The Lyonnese school produced poets. Jeanne de Jussie, a Catholic nun, was driven out of Switzerland to a convent in Annecy, France, where she became abbess. She wrote a book wherein she described the horror of the persecution. Marie Dentière was a former abbess who abandoned her Catholic faith and wrote two books showing her as a strong defender of women. Camille de Morel belonged to an illustrious French family, and wrote poetry in Latin. This study provides biographies and studies of the surviving works of these women writers.

Strategies of Resistance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Heroines in Search of "author-Ity"
1989 0-88946-639-4
Examines the women's creation and destruction in the social language of the novel, with an analysis of the position of each major female character. Also includes a bibliography of criticism for Les Liaisons dangereuses.

Strategies of “writing the Self” in the French Modern Novel C’est Moi, Je Crois
2001 0-7734-7317-3
The central focus of this study is ‘writing the self’ as demonstrated in the works of three prominent contemporary French fiction writers: Nathalie Sarraute’s Enfance, Marguerite Duras’s L’Amant, and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Le Miroir que revient, Angélique ou L’enchantment, and Les Derniers jours de Corinthe. These works present new ways of looking at the world, the self, and the literary text. The concept of autobiography is examined within the framework of such related genres as confessions, memoirs, the intimate journal, and the self-portrait.

Stylistic Developments in Literary and Non-Literary French Prose
1995 0-7734-9002-7
This book examines chronologically the development of French prose style from the twelfth century to present day, to demonstrate the vast range of stylistic choices available to the writer of French prose, and to give readers a deeper understanding of the texts. The book is divided into sections dealing with periods (not always centuries) when it is possible to identify clear linguistic and stylistic shifts. It deals with the state of the language at that time, the development of vocabulary and grammar. Chosen passages of text either typify the period or reveal a stylistic innovation, and are also chosen for their intrinsic interest as well. Analysis often reveals amazing subtextual meanings. Despite its undoubted scholarly basis, the book is eminently readable and entertaining. By giving an understanding of the connotative value of various stylistic devices, it will improve writers' ability to produce more authentic French prose by giving them a well-organzied framework in which to judge the appropriateness of lexical choices and grammatical and syntactical structures.

Tahar Ben Jelloun: Les Strategies Narratives
2005 0-7734-6098-5
This study is an analysis of elements that build the narrative strategies of Tahar Ben Jelloun’s work. On formal and thematic levels, the narrative sequence and its interwoven strands, manifest a story in perpetual becoming, in constant dissolution and evolution. In fact, the story is an infinite quest. It is told and repeated in various manners, with no possibility to be exhausted. This continual quest of the story is nourished by a lack expressed by the needs of the post-colonial Maghrebian novel for compensating a world that was, but is not any more. However, this lack conditions the production of the story. The text nourishes itself from the lack it produces. We could say then that Ben Jelloun’s novel is not the production of a story but the emphasized production becoming itself Story: it is not the story that is told but the story of its production. On the one hand, this study redefines Ben Jelloun’s narrative strategies, on the other hand, it focuses on the importance of the perpetual becoming, in all the aspects.

This book presents the analysis of Ben Jelloun’s narrative strategies manifested in his work, reflecting the difficulties of its hybrid nature, the function of the symbolical writing, the construction of characters and their contribution to the fragility of the story, the revelation of generative forces of a form and its rupture. Although other novels are taken into account, the focus of this study is on central texts like L’écrivain public, Moha le fou, Moha le sage, Harrouda, L’enfant de sable, La nuit sacrée, La Réclusion solitaire, Les yeux baissés.

Territories of Breath/territoires Du Souffle: Bilingual Translation
2002 0-7734-7216-9
This book of poems consists of twelve groupings of texts under the rubric “Pistes,” designating the paths of earthly experience that intersect the territories of breath, in the sense of the Greek pneuma – the breath that instills life, and in Jungian interpretations, contains prophecy. At once present and eternal, these beautifully dense poems, like those of Dickinson in their economy of expression and fidelity to the concrete, are acts of light. Includes notes and critical introduction.

Text as Resonance
2003 0-7734-6756-4
This book will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of literary criticism, literary theory, especially those interested in modern critical theory and 18th- and 19th-century French fiction. The five readings of these French short stories are preceded by a translator’s introduction on Finas’s work; two short pieces by Finas herself in which she describes her approach; and Roland Barthes’s preface to Le Bruit d’Iris (a selection of essays by Finas). The Appendix includes the complete text in English translation of two of the five short stories: Sade, Florville and Courval, translated by Lowell Bair, and Villiers de l’lsle-Adam, The Brigands, translated by Hamish Miles, both excellent translations, now out of print.

Theme of
2007 0-7734-5364-4
This book takes a comparative approach to women's travel writing from three centuries, in English, French, Polish, and Russian: it focuses on narrative strategies used by female travel writers. Female travel writing before the twentieth century shows parallels and continuities in its use of the theme of departure into a different sphere or convention. From travel into a utopian world where women rule and inhabitants live in harmony, to travel into the private world of subjectivity and poetic inspiration, female heroines venture outside the realities that bind them. The works discussed, written by Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn, Françoise de Graffigny, Claire de Duras and Unca Eliza Winkfield, to Maria Sadowska and Karolina Pavlova, exploit alternate world images to achieve the goals of giving female characters freedom to be independent.

Theological Reading of Four Novels by Marie Chauvet in Search of Christic Voices
1992 0-7734-9826-5
This work represents a pertinent supplement to the work of such figures as John Dominic Crossan, in exploring the problem of the reader in the theological approach to narrative. It proposes a hermeneutic that may be acceptable to the outsider. It also introduces the American reader to Haitian narrative in general, and to Marie Chauvet's work in particular, opening up an area of inquiry into the cultural production of a country beset by multifarious prejudices. This is one of the first serious attempts to bring the theology of Liberation into dialogue with the discipline of literature.

Thirteenth-Century Minstrel's Chronicle (rÉcits D'un MÉnestrel De Reims) a Translation and Introduction
1990 0-88946-623-8
Vernacular prose, "literature" or "pseudo-history" composed in the early 1260s by a man known only as the Minstrel of Rheims, which is devoted to various historical and fictional events and characters.

Time of Transition in the French Novel
2006 0-7734-5618-X
Watersheds and turning points mark most areas of French life around 1930, and the fiction of the time offers a uniquely privileged means of understanding them. It is a vital form of expression in these ‘années tournantes’: a key witness to France’s dramatic crises at a time when its own artistic techniques and methods are being decisively reshaped. Starting from one critic’s vivid image of a conservative literary ‘Maginot Line’ repeatedly breached by a new generation of writers, this book traces decisive transitions in French politics, society and culture. The focus falls on the novel, a genre particularly well equipped to reflect topical shifts and breakthroughs. Key issues are examined in turn: changing perceptions of the Great War, economic crisis, contrasting attitudes to the United States, the current effects of colonialism, and political polarization. The novel is then analyzed as a genre itself in the midst of change – in its style, narrative resources and relations with other forms (notably cinema, photography, jazz and noir) – with particular reference to major contemporary authors, especially Céline, Malraux, Queneau and Simenon. This book offers scholars working in the area, university teachers and students a fresh and challenging reading of an intriguing period which richly rewards further and closer exploration.

Translation of Notre Avant-Guerre / Before the War by Robert Brasillach
2002 0-7734-7158-8
Robert Brasillach’s memoirs of the inter-war era in France, particularly in Paris, constitute a rich and varied social panorama of the French capital, featuring many well-known, and some lesser-known personalities. They trace the major events of the time and show how they affected ordinary people as well as Brasillach’s more colorful and extraordinary acquaintances, particularly writers. Also covers travels outside France, the Nuremberg rally, and the Spanish Civil War. This first edition in English is annotated, accompanied by a historical introduction by Professor Douglas Johnson, a comprehensive glossary of principal names, and a full index. With photographs.

Translation of the Chronicle of the Abbey of Morigny, France, C. 1100-1150
2003 0-7734-6637-1
Written during the 12th century by monks at the Benedictine abbey of Morigny, about fifty kilometers south of Paris, the Chronicle describes the abbey’s foundation, its purchase by King Philip I, its difficulties surviving its initial poverty, its heated quarrel over proprietorships with the canons of the church of Saint-Martin in Old Etampes, and its bitter dispute with the church of Notre Dame of Etampes over burial rights. Besides revealing the intrigues and scandals of 12th-century churchman vying for money, power, and influence, these parts of the text detail an abbey’s struggle to be born and survive in a society filled with churches, and with powers, both lay and ecclesiastical, competing either to help it or harm it. This, the first published translation of the Chronicle, will be a significant addition to early 12th-century studies.

Translations of Three Plays by Lucette Desvignes Eurydice, Eurydice; Strange Encounters; and Marsyas, or the Rebellious Flautist
2002 0-7734-7071-9


Twelve Plays by Alfred De Musset
2001 0-7734-7416-1
This new edition- the fullest one-volume collection ever issued in English – contains all Alfred de Musset’s best known, most frequently acted and most widely studied plays, including Lorenzaccio, On ne badine pas avec l’amour, Fantasio, Un Caprice, and eight others. It is the first unabridged translation in contemporary English, the first to be made from reliable texts, the first to be thoroughly annotated, and the first to present the important variant readings from Musset’s manuscripts and printed editions. It is thus a standard reference work for students, an up-to-date acting text for performers, and a lively introduction to one of the world’s great playwrights.

Une Étude Comparative De L’Éducation Inclusive Des Enfants Avec Besoins Particuliers En France Et En Allemagne: Recherches Dans Onze Salles De Classe
2011 0-7734-1531-9
This book examines the social and educational experiences of children identified as having special educational needs. The study compares research carried out in Germany and France. In French.

Une Étude Des Derniers Poemes De Saint-John Perse, Laureat Du Prix Nobel / a Study of the Later Poems of the Nobel Prize Winning Poet, Saint-John Perse
2014 0-7734-3509-3
In addition to analyzing Perse’s later poems, this work also gives an account of Perse’s personal understanding of poetry. The analyses follow the poems closely, strophe by strophe, section by section, from the first of these poems Chronique, to the last published poems in the Mediterranean Cycle, Sécheresse and underscores the main tenants of Perse’s poetry.

Une Nouvelle Pratique LittÉraire En France: Histoire Du Groupe Oulipo De 1960 À Nos Jours Creating a New French Literary Style: A History of the Oulipo Circle
2014 1-4955-0270-8
The Oulipo’s evolution towards the status of a literary group was gradual. Constraints were key to defining specific collaborative practices. They put language and literature into play. They are based on intertextuality and therefore on erudition. Oulipian literature is open to all forms of written expression, whether literary or not.


Vignettes of Burgundy: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lucette Desvignes
2009 0-7734-4690-7
This volume of short fiction by Lucette Desvignes introduces portraits of Burgundy’s intrepid wine-growers, samples of their distinctive vernacular, images of their fierce resistance to all things “Parisian” and their unique customs. This book contains one black and white photograph.

Village Stories: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lucette Desvignes
2010 0-7734-1304-9
This collection of short stories is the fourth volume of translated works by French writer Lucette Desvignes. Though all the stories have a decidedly "French" flavor, each goes well beyond the concerns of provincial villagers to embrace global perspectives and universal values.

Women’s Literary Salons and Political Propaganda During the Napoleonic Era: The Cradle of Patriotic Nationalism
2010 0-7734-3835-1
In 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte sought to impose an absolute political authority as First Consul for life, and emperor in 1804. A network of women authors connected with Germaine de Staël in Paris, Coppet, Berlin, and Florence maintained salons and addressed political conflicts in their novels, correspondence and theory. Nationalist histories, also written by salon members, reinforced their unified political agenda by emphasizing the heroic acts that guaranteed national freedom. Semiotics became the primary means of political propaganda and persuasion in the absence of legislative debate and women’s suffrage.

Yves Bonnefoy Concordance De Poèmes Anti-Platon, Du Mouvement Et De L'immobilité De Douve, Hier Régnant Désert, Dévotion, Pierre écrite, Dans Le Leurre Du Seuil (bilingual Edition)
1989 0-88946-574-6
Well known both as a poet and as a literary critic, Yves Bonnefoy holds a special place among the extraordinary group of postwar French poets who emerged in the 1950s. This work constitutes an indispensable reference tool for the growing number of scholars and critics interested in contemporary French poetry. As a lexicological index, it also comprises an exceptional source of information for all who carry out research on the French language.