Kenny, Robert V. 2021 1-4955-0852-8 150 pages Dr. Kenny brings us this collections of two eighteenth-century French plays from the beginning of the French colonial empire in North America. The French public was obsessed with the New World and these two plays are about the subject.
Schorr, James L. 2022 1-4955-0977-X 320 pages "The present edition is destined for the modern reader and has attempted a significant reading of the 1725-1726 edition. Substantive changes from the 1742 edition, that is, changes in word order that nay alter the meaning of the text, are indicated in footnotes as variants. Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization have been modernized, although I keep Van Effen's preference for capitalizing the deity. I also follow the 1725-1726 edition's use of italics, which serve a variety of functions, from indicating simple emphasis, to underscoring the author's use of irony, as well as indicating quoted materials, whether they be simple quotes, parts of a dialogue, or a quote within a quote."(xxxiv)
Connon, Daisy 2009 0-7734-4919-1 296 pages 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.
Russell, Stephen J. 2004 0-7734-6484-0 248 pages Unlike most historical works pertaining to this period, this work conveys an understanding of the daily routine of farming. It relies on the observations of the novelist and social activist Émile Guillaumin (1873-1956) as well as statistics and reports emanating from government sources. It offers an alternative account of the process and measures of change in rural communities, using the approach that Marc Bloch (1886-1944), the great historian of medieval rural societies, used in his work. It includes case studies of several small communities in the Allier which portray the status of agricultural production and consumption, using government statistic such as comprehensive government data collection efforts and annual surveys published by the Ministry of Commerce.
Ford, Edward 1999 0-7734-8189-3 200 pages 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.
Burwood, Stephen 1999 0-7734-8232-6 296 pages From 1945, American labor unions actively sought to influence and alter the internal affairs of union organizations in other countries. France was of particular concern. The election of a Communist government looked quite likely. American labor actively intervened in the French labor movement to prevent such an eventuality and to remake it in its own image. This book asks the question why, given its incredible power, American efforts were not more successful. It explores the differing political cultures in which workers in France and the USA were steeped and which guided their outlooks and actions. The French workers' movement was devastated in this period. How culpable was American intervention? . The study uses archival material not previously examined, including personal papers, internal union letters and memos, contemporary union documents, journals, convention proceedings, memoirs, autobiographies, newspaper reportage and contemporary analyses.
Majewski, Henry F. 2010 0-7734-3647-2 136 pages 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.
du Plessis, Eric H. 2005 0-7734-6062-4 408 pages 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. 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. 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.
Beston, John 2008 0-7734-5096-3 184 pages 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.
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.
Tame, Peter D. 2006 0-7734-5506-X 332 pages 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.
Broome, Peter 2008 0-7734-5194-3 380 pages 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.
Broome, Peter 1997 0-7734-8464-7 176 pages 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.
Desvignes, Lucette 2010 0-7734-3908-0 308 pages Translated into English for the first time, Lucette Desvignes examines, through her fiction, the relationship between animals and humans. 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.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 1995 0-7734-8991-6 142 pages 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.
Barrell, Rex A. 1989 0-88946-466-9 250 pages Documents the Third Earl's correspondence with five leading figures of the Holland-based `refuge français': Pierre Bayle, Jacques Basnage, Jean Le Clerc, Pierre Coste, and Pierre Des Maizeaux. All five were very active as intermediaries between Continental and English thought in the Republic of Letters, located in Holland because of that country's encouragement of free inquiry. Most of the correspondence is presented for the first time and reveals aspects of Shaftesbury's life and thought that should lead to a definitive study of his impact on French thought.
Cox, Darrin 2012 0-7734-2927-1 368 pages Looks at how masculinity is depicted in knightly memoirs in 15th century France. The meaning of male and female sexuality was constructed on a hierarchical scale of one single gender, and not a binary opposition of two biologically distinct bodies. The author shows numerous examples of this trend in the knightly memoirs that support this understanding. By the end of the sixteenth century, it is evident that a gender crisis did not occur among noble warriors, since men who styled themselves knights merely adopted many of the outward forms of the courtier while retaining a right to violence as both a mark of nobility and signifier of manhood.
Jura, Jean-Jacques 2007 0-7734-5152-8 192 pages 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.
Walker Vadillo, Monica Ann 2008 0-7734-5243-5 176 pages This study examines the visual representations of David watching Bathsheba bathing in French manuscript illuminations from the middle of the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. The author applies contemporary theories of the gaze to this medieval subject to consider the various interpretations of Bathsheba’s agency in the event of David’s adultery. This book contains 14 color photographs.
Guthrie, Christopher E. 2006 0-7734-5676-7 324 pages Between 1830 and 1875, the city of Narbonne and its hinterland would experience the growth of a bourgeois opposition movement during the July Monarchy, repeated confrontations between republicans and their opponents during the Second Republic, the creation of an organized popular republican movement during the Second Empire, and the eruption of the insurrectionary Commune of Narbonne during the spring of 1871. These episodes were not only marked by clashes between republicans and their adversaries but also by an ongoing debate within the republican movement itself over the precise meaning of its ideology, one that provoked an irreparable division among republicans by the time of the Commune. In particular, the development of the concept of the république démocratique et sociale among the popular class of the Narbonnais, a political ideal born of the concrete experiences of ordinary people during the Second Republic and Second Empire, would increasingly be at odds with the more moderate republicanism of their erstwhile social superiors and seriously divide the movement by the spring of 1871. The purpose of this book is to trace the trajectory of this long-term political evolution and explain why the Commune of Narbonne represented both its culmination and frustration.
Foster, Stephen J. 2000 0-7734-7797-7 208 pages 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.
Morris, Matthew W. 2007 0-7734-5274-5 780 pages 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.
Hugo, Victor 2002 0-7734-7239-8 424 pages 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.
Hugo, Victor 2002 0-7734-7204-5 404 pages 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
Bracey, John-Paul 1996 0-7734-8794-8 172 pages Marcel Ciampi held the longest tenure in the history of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In his long career he performed at least 60 solo recitals a year and collaborated with most of the musical legends of this century. This book chronicles his career and examines his influence on the Menuhin family, and includes a letter from Yehudi Menuhin for the project, and interview excerpts of Hepzibah and Yaltah Menuhin. The book also includes letters from Georges Enesco, Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot, Vlado Perlemuter, Yvonne Loriod, Lazare Lévy, and many others. It chronicles the international careers of Ciampi's family. Includes many photographs. This book will appeal to music specialists, teachers, pianists, and anyone interested in another perspective on the music history of this century.
Jones, David Andrew 2007 0-7734-5349-0 120 pages 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 ter 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.
Bradley, Margaret 1998 0-7734-8485-X 452 pages This volume tells the story, largely unknown, of a major figure in French engineering and engineering education through the Revolutionary, Napoleonic and Bourbon periods to the first years following the revolution of 1830. Prony is best-known today for creating a massive collection of mathematical tables in the 1790s, the largest ever compiled; and for the dynamometer for measuring the work-rate of waterwheels and related hydraulic machines. He was also a founder-professor of mathematics at the École Polytechnique, and director of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, exercising much influence on the national body of civil engineers. This volume not only describes Prony's life and work, but presents selections (in French) of the many manuscripts Prony left behind. Prony is an example of the ingénieur savant, the scientist concerned with both teaching and research in engineering issues.
Langlois, John 2003 0-7734-6697-5 328 pages This is the first comprehensive overview of the work of the most prolific Catholic writer and polemicist in 16th-century France. Pierre Doré was a Dominican and a Doctor of Theology of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Paris, and his career spanned the early period of the Reformation in France. He was unique as a writer of works of devotion and theological polemics in the French language at a time when most of his colleagues wrote only in Latin. The only person whose French works were more frequently edited than Doré’s was John Calvin.
Todd, Christopher 1994 0-7734-9146-5 260 pages 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.
Zants, Emily 1996 0-7734-8789-1 404 pages 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.
Everdell, William R. 1987 0-88946-819-2 346 pages Shows why and how the anti-religious attitude of Enlightenment writers gave way to the acceptance and even revival of religious sentiment in the early nineteenth century.
King, Sharon D. 2003 0-7734-6722-X 304 pages Analyzing dramas that depict the fall of, or civic upheaval in, urban centers (both historical and legendary), this book establishes the author’s concept of “city tragedy” as a subgenre of tragedy in Renaissance theatrical practice. Using some two dozen texts (some by obscure authors, some by well-known playwrights such as Shakespeare and Calderón) from about 1560 to 1650, the book traces the different modes of creation of the city as principal character of the tragedy, then examines how an expanded notion of civic sin becomes its “fatal flaw.” This study is groundbreaking not only in its definition of the term “city tragedy” but in its examination of some of the sociological themes city tragedy presents – the city’s frequent depiction as a victimized woman, individual passion’s culpability in bringing death to the masses, the use of the notion of divine favor and divine wrath in the fate of a city for propagandistic ends. Finally, this study is timely in its discussion of recent dramatized portrayals of the events of 9/11, as it demonstrates that the patterns and conventions of city tragedies of 400 years ago are the very ones we use today.
Newhall, David S. 1991 0-88946-785-4 724 pages A biographical study of the French statesman known as "the Tiger" who spent 50 years in politics and led France in 1918 and in the Paris Peace Conference. Based on primary and secondary sources, especially scholarship since the 1974 opening of the post-1918 archival sources. Consults thoroughly Clemenceau's vast journalistic output, including that concerned with the Dreyfus Affair. Gives a revisionist view of the controversial 1906-9 ministry and the 1914-17 rise. Most complete account of Boulanger and Panama involvement. Includes chronology, map reference, appendices, endnotes, and bibliography.
Sutherland, Ross 1995 0-7734-2906-9 128 pages 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.
Hansen, Cheryl M. 2006 0-7734-5611-2 228 pages 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.
Aldred, Honor J. 2009 0-7734-3855-6 312 pages 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.
Polsky, Zachary 2003 0-7734-6606-1 220 pages 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 i he playwright on the stage as well as in print, uncovering nuances and contexts which have remained hidden until now.
Rabearivelo, Jean-Joseph 2010 0-7734-3750-9 440 pages 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.
Cholakian, C. 1995 0-7734-8906-1 192 pages 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.
Binkley, Susan Carpenter 2007 0-7734-5275-3 160 pages This interdisciplinary study explores the concept of the individual human being as it evolved within the philosophies of the French Enlightenment and how notions of the individual reached a turning point during the French Revolution. The author draws on the thought of French philosophes and revolutionaries concerning the individual within nature and society and examines them within the framework of Michel Foucault’s thought.
Sánchez, Francisco Javier 2009 0-7734-4670-2 220 pages 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.
Sievers, Wiebke 2007 0-7734-5360-1 328 pages 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.
Tipper, Karen Sasha Anthony 2016 50 pages 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.
Zants, Emily 1993 0-7734-1937-3 308 pages 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.
Stratton, R.E. 1991 0-7734-9743-9 91 pages 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.
Couldrette 2003 0-7734-6721-1 392 pages 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.
d’Amiens, Girart 2003 0-7734-6607-X 332 pages 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.
Lewis, H. D. 1998 0-7734-8241-5 304 pages 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.
Challe, Robert 2000 0-7734-7701-2 508 pages 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.
Hartley, David 2000 0-7734-7714-4 232 pages 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.
Bradley, Margaret 2005 0-7734-5951-0 252 pages The period prior to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars was one of intense industrial espionage. Daniel Lescallier was one of France’s most influential spies, his main aim being to obtain information about the British navy. The context is the story of Daniel Lescallier and his other similar missions. The background is the history of the transfer of industrial technology and military secrets from England to the Continent during the eighteenth century.
Benjamin, Anne 1987 0-7734-9211-9 257 pages 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.
Furlong-Clancy, Sinéad 2014 0-7734-1451-7 560 pages OUT OF PRINT :
This book is a groundbreaking and illuminating study of nineteenth-century Paris, its art, culture, and the history of gender and urban space. Sinéad Furlong-Clancy’s choice of the public park as frame for the analysis of images of women in the city is a departure from existing art, cultural-material and literary histories and connects the disciplines of art history, literature, fashion history, urban history, garden history, nineteenth-century French studies, and gender studies.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 2004 0-7734-6423-9 148 pages This book examines the paintings of angels and devils by medieval French illuminators and discusses the manner in which they were depicted. With Illustrations.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 2006 0-7734-5780-1 132 pages 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.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 2008 0-7734-5014-9 140 pages This work presents an overall picture of French medieval clothing. The illustrations contained in the volume are invaluable in providing a striking view of this apparel, and all that it demonstrated and connoted by the wearer to its observer. This book contains one color photograph and twenty-five black and white photographs.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 2000 0-7734-7789-6 152 pages 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.
Williams, Timothy J. 2007 0-7734-5400-4 252 pages 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.
Foley, Keith 2005 0-7734-6195-7 380 pages 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.
Tremblay, Florent 2014 0-7734-0080-X 1856 pages (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.
Brooks, William 1996 0-7734-8834-0 372 pages 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.
Heather, Noel 1998 0-7734-8257-1 168 pages 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.
Adereth, Max 1995 0-7734-9647-5 504 pages 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.
Fargue, Léon-Paul 2003 0-7734-6685-1 132 pages The introduction (by the translator) to this volume breaks new ground, and underlines Fargue’s importance both as a major poet and as a modernist. The preface by the important poet and editor, Peter Gizzi, will prove useful even to those who are very au courant with modern poetry. Fargue has never been translated into English, apart from a few poems in a Penguin anthology. St. John Perse, Joyce, and Rilke all considered Fargue one of the major poets of his age. And his best work, most agree, is the body of prose poems. These have the appeal of the flâneur genre, the kind of lively prose vignettes of Paris that Baudelaire made popular. This translation capitalizes on the visual appeal of Paris scenes, while also highlighting Fargue’s unique sense of the poetic, which was an important contribution to developing Modernism. Fargue blends Surrealism with a delicate musical stillness which evolves from French Symbolism. At the same time, Fargue’s often strange and unsettling images unfold a more personal sense of the poetic: his conviction that the poetic image is a return to, a re-writing of, childhood, an unlocking of the most intimate passages in time. Poëmes is Fargue’s first major work, a turning point in his writing, and an exemplary suite of prose poems. Facing page translations.
Stacey, Sarah Alyn 2002 0-7734-6919-2 220 pages At the heart of the collection are the sporting links between Ireland and France, and the question of what constitutes sporting heroism. The approach adopted is innovative in its diversity: contributors include not only historians, but also literary critics, sporting administrators, a psychologist, and a prominent cyclist and sports writer, and each brings his or her orientation to bear on the subjects treated.
Heller, Sarah-Grace 2001 0-7734-7383-1 316 pages Philippe de Remy, Sire de Beaumanoir, produced two romances, a fabliau, lyric poems and even nonsense verse. He also served as bailli or royal governor of the Gatinais region. His son, Philippe de Beaumanoir, produced the Coutumes de Beauvaisis, one of the most widely admired works on medieval customary law, and served as bailli of Clermont-en-Beauvaisis, Vermandois, Touraine and Senlis. This collection of essays looks at their works, lives, and world from difference perspectives, probing the insights they offer on medieval marriage and gender relations, time and space, hagiography; intertextuality, literature and the law. This is the first volume devoted to them as father and son, and the first such collection to address their works critically in English.
Curtis, Jerry L. 2000 0-7734-7843-4 308 pages 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
Summers, Mary 1997 0-7734-8530-9 352 pages 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.
Morton, Richard E. 2003 0-7734-6594-4 128 pages 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.
Mermier, Guy R. 1993 0-7734-9261-5 206 pages This textbook is an introduction to the traditional method of explication de texte. It leads the beginner from the basic concepts and definitions to gradual mastery of the method suggested. All literary genres (prose, poetry, theater) and centuries are represented in the theoretical and practical section. Texts are explicated in full at first, then suggested plans for a finished presentation are given. Later, texts are presented without guides and students are expected to imitate the sample texts. The book also includes an introduction to French prosody and criteria for evaluating ideas, emotions, style, composition and literary value. In French.
Woodward, Servanne 2001 0-7734-7399-8 272 pages 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.
Koss, Ronald G. 1990 0-88946-692-0 228 pages 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.
Kennedy, George A. 2005 0-7734-6251-1 324 pages Some of the greatest writers of fiction have introduced imaginary novelists as characters in their novels and short stories, sometimes including extended examples or descriptions of the character's work, in a few instances building whole smaller works into the larger structure of their novels. The present study, addressed to the general reader of fiction, is concerned for the first time with collecting and examining these fictional creations by some of the most famous French, English, and American writers, including Balzac, Thackeray, Dickens, Hawthorne, Trollope, James, Proust, Wolfe, Murdock, Updike, Roth, and Byatt, and also introducing readers to striking instances by lesser known writers. Imaginary fiction is often entertaining and readable in itself; in addition it can perform important literary functions for the plot and themes of the work in which it occurs, it provides both imaginary and real author opportunities for literary criticism and social satire, and it can also perform psychological and therapeutic purposes for the writer.
Hollard, Thoron 2012 0-7734-2592-6 644 pages 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 intriguing and sometimes surprising degree of individuality on the part of these writers and composers.
Paulson, Michael G. 2008 0-7734-5035-1 192 pages Examines the often negative portrayals of Louis XIII, positing that they originate from particular writers’ displeasure toward the monarchs of their own day. This book contains nine color photographs.
MacDonald, Aileen 1990 0-88946-317-4 260 pages 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.
Byrd, Alma W. 2007 0-7734-5514-0 192 pages 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.
Tipper, Paul Andrew 2003 0-7734-6728-9 392 pages 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.
Rice, Paul F. 2004 0-7734-6438-7 352 pages During the eighteenth century, the French court made yearly trips to the chateau of Fontainebleau during the autumn months enjoying evenings of operas and plays presented by the leading performers from Paris.
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), the leading French composer of the period, was asked to present five new operas at the chateau in 1753 and 1754. Only one of these works was ever published and three of the five were never heard in Paris. Consequently, these works have remained little known.
This book presents Rameau’s works first heard at Fontainebleau in the context of their compositional and performance histories, a context which is rich in court intrigues and social change. This study is the first published work to investigate these operas in detail, Rameau’s relationship to the court and the public opera house of Paris is reevaluated, and the richness of Rameau’s musical imagination is revealed in works from his maturity.
Bonenfant, Luc 2013 0-7734-4488-2 460 pages 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”.
Levine, Robert 1990 0-88946-640-8 296 pages A translation into modern English of the version of Merovingian history produced for the 13th-century Capetians by Primat, working primarily with Aimon's early 11th-century Latin.
Schweizer, Karl W. 1995 0-7734-8895-2 140 pages This is the first detailed scholarly appraisal (based on French Archival materials) of Callières' life and career, also illuminating the course of 17th century French diplomacy.
O'Riley, Michael 2005 0-7734-6118-3 248 pages This study examines the frequently overlooked problem of how colonial-era memories often become haunting, obsessive points of reference for contemporary culture. Examining the widespread use of haunting as a theoretical mode of recovery of occulted colonial history as part of its larger study of colonial memories circulating between France and the Maghreb, this book demonstrates the postcolonial imperative of moving beyond the categories of victim and torturer that frequently characterize the recovery of colonial history. The work demonstrates how in both postcolonial France and the Maghreb cultural identity and memory are structured in large part through a dialogue with colonial history that impedes a confrontation with contemporary issues important to the present and future of those geographical territories. Through a study of how popular postcolonial figures such as Zinedine Zidane, Assia Djebar, Lei1a Sebbar, Azouz Begag, and Tahar Ben Jelloun point to the necessity of transgressing the mutually shared history of colonial defeat, victimization, and culpabilty uniting France and the Maghreb, this work suggests the emergence of a nuaced form of postcolonial memory. The necessity of reconsidering the unique place that colonial history holds in these cultures as a mythical and haunting point of identification is borne out through analyses of how these postcolonial subjects confront contemporary and potential future forms of cultural identity. The work contributes a unique perspective to postcolonial studies in that it demonstrates how the colonial era continues to structure cultural memory. In this regard, this work offers a fresh perspective to debates on revisionist history and demonstrates how formerly colonized subjects and their children contribute actively to dialogue on the relevance of the colonial past in contemporary contexts where postcolonial identity is being forged.
Barrell, Rex A. 1996 0-7734-9073-6 176 pages This edition contains over 100 mostly unpublished letters written in French to or by James, 1st Earl Waldegrave, who held the post of British Ambassador to France from 1730 to 1740. It provides insight into a transition period in France, a time of intellectual, social and political ferment marked by unstable relations between the major powers. The book will form the basis for a full study of Waldegrave's significant contribution to Anglo-French relations in the first half of the eighteenth century. Letters in French, notes and annotations in English.
Chen, Szu-chin Hestia 2008 0-7734-5004-1 336 pages 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.
Hollard, Thoron 2015 1-4955-0327-5 376 pages 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
Côté, Jean-François 2011 0-7734-1545-9 180 pages 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.
Fisher, Claudine 1992 0-7734-9592-4 240 pages 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.
Dorschell, Mary Frances Catherine 1996 0-7734-2266-8 296 pages 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.
Nouveau, Germain 1990 0-88946-573-8 416 pages 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.
Batts, Peter M. 2004 0-7734-6393-3 138 pages This book examines the uniqueness of Lacordaire and his approach to founding or refounding a religious congregation in the 19th century France. Rather than looking to the past or reacting against the society produced by the French Revolution, Lacordaire accepts the basic principles of the Revolution and wants to show the compatibility between these principles and the Catholic faith. The author shows how Lacordaire in his understanding of Dominicanism, did not seek so much to look to the past as to make the Order relevant to the time.
Biber, René 1993 0-7734-1970-5 432 pages 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.
Quinn, Shelley 1992 0-7734-9738-2 224 pages 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.
Kearney, Milo 1992 0-7734-9536-3 588 pages The powerful works contained in this study form an epic all their own - a literary triumph whose roots lie in the anxieties and aspirations of the societies which gave them birth. Included for study: Celtic fairy tales and nursery rhymes; Irish bardic literature; the Britano-Welsh material (the Mabinogion); the Germanic epic; Latin Christian verse; Angle poetry; the Icelandic Saga; the crusading epic; medieval religious dramas; Academic satire; French and German Chivalric literature; Italian Franciscan revival verse; the social crisis literature of the 14th century; and the despondent verse of the dying Middle Ages.
Smith, Paul 2006 0-7734-5799-2 476 pages The second volume of this work resumes the story of the French upper chamber at the Liberation and traces its resurrection in the unpromising circumstances of 1946 and its gradual recovery as the Council of the Republic of the Fourth Republic 1958. It continues by examining ‘restoration’ of the Senate in 1958 and its rollercoaster relationship with the President, the government and the National Assembly since then. Like volume one, the present volume explores not only the particular composition of the Senate and its role in the French constitutional game, but examines its political evolution and the part played by the men and women who have shaped its fortunes. The text is supported with tables, maps and appendices to provide both the professional academic and the student of French politics not only with an analytical narrative but also with clear points of reference with which to tackle this little-known aspect of French politics.
Smith, Paul 2005 0-7734-6131-0 544 pages The tale of the Senate is the untold story of French political and parliamentary history. If it is mentioned at all, it is usually only at the moments when it proved to be an obstacle to 'progressive' reform or a frustration to ambitious governments. Its ways and its traditions, its ever-developing and changing role under three republics and its place at the heart of a particular and peculiar political culture, have remained little known or explored. This two-part study uncovers the French Senate and examines its evolution from keystone of the compromise that created the Republic in 1875 to its consecration as the chambre de la décentralisation in 2003. Volume One examines the place of the Senate in the Third Republic, from its uncertain beginnings to its presence at the forefront of political life in the 1930s, a prominence that would cost the Senate dear after the Liberation. Volume Two traces the unlikely recovery of the upper chamber in 1946, its 'restoration' in 1958 and its rollercoaster relationship with government and the lower house since then. Both volumes explore not only the place of the Senate in the constitutional game, but examine its political evolution and the part played by the men and (after 1946) women who have shaped its fortunes. Both volumes contain tables, maps and appendices intended to provide the both the academic and the student of French politics not only with an analytical narrative but also with clear points of reference with which to tackle the subject.
Orizet, Jean 2008 0-7734-4876-4 132 pages 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.
Freeman, John 1989 0-88946-638-6 576 pages Contains a history of relations between the municipality and the diocese of Grasse from the origins of the city in the 12th century to the separation of church and state in 1905. Proposes that laicization of local institutions, not dechristianization, was the source of modernity in Grasse.
Valone, James S. 1995 0-7734-9118-X 260 pages Using the procès-verbal, or proceedings of their national assemblies, this study traces the political evolution of the Huguenots in the first two decades of the seventeenth century. It determines why a segment of the Huguenot population became so alienated from French society that it ultimately chose to challenge the crown in a war that ended Huguenot politics.
". . . the book provides a highly detailed narrative of their organization, operation, and the political issues they faced. A number of interesting insights emerge . . . Appendixes list deputies-general, rotating leaders of the assembly of La Rochelle (1621-22), and delegates attending each assembly. Recommended for specialists." - Choice
Strayer, Brian E. 2001 0-7734-7370-X 656 pages This volume provides a revisionist interpretation and scholarly overview of the struggle for religious toleration in France, focusing on the Huguenots and Camisards. It demonstrates, from a close examination of contemporary writings (many never before explored), local experiences, and quantitative data, that there were other possibilities to the Revocation; it then analyzes why France did not take that road less traveled. Each chapter provides updated historiographic revision on misunderstood aspects of French religious history, showing that the enemy of tolerance was not intolerance, but the drive for unity. Several new features include highlighting the role of the General Assembly of the Clergy, the Company of the Most Holy Sacrament, and other groups who lobbied the Bourbons to crush dissident groups. Equally emphasized are groups philosophes, writers, government and church administrators, clergy who fought for religious toleration over two centuries. Includes a 70-page bibliography of sources.
Schlehlein, Melinda 2011 0-7734-1522-5 332 pages 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.
Maréchal, Chantal A. 1992 0-7734-9586-X 308 pages 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.
Durrans, Stéphanie 2008 0-7734-5239-7 304 pages 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.
Poulton, Leslee 2002 0-7734-6908-7 320 pages 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.
Langan, Jeffrey 2012 0-7734-2645-0 180 pages Langan discusses the French Revolution from a variety of perspectives given by influential thinkers of the late 18th century. His thesis is that conservatism was forever changed by the French Revolution, and that conservatism’s modern origins are in direct response to the revolution and its ideals as they were critically examined by Edmund Burke. As Langan argues, conservatives tend to adopt intellectual categories which if taken to their natural conclusions lead to liberal results.
Garnham, Barry G. 2007 0-7734-5472-1 292 pages This work’s contribution to scholarship derives principally from the presentation of sixty-eight texts, written by fifteen authors known collectively as the Idéologues, an influential group in late 18th and early 19th century French thought. Unlike previous studies of the Idéologues which either focused on the group as a whole or on particular individuals, the present works offers the reader direct access to examples of their work; the reader is able to appreciate the different styles of argumentation and nuances of approach and emphasis among writers who present a remarkable unanimity of purpose and outlook. The volume is designed both to stimulate further interest in an area which has in recent years been relatively neglected, but which is essential to an understanding of the transition between the Enlightenment and the social thinkers of the 19th century, and to provide an introduction to the period for those whose specialisation lie elsewhere.
Shaddy, Virginia M. 1991 0-7734-9759-5 185 pages A collection of essays in comparative literature, from general topics to very specific studies of both earlier and more recent literature. This new scholarship will contribute to the mutual understanding of cultures and of the literatures of various times. Includes the study of English, French, German, neo-Latin, and Canadian literature.
Parkin, John 1994 0-7734-9388-3 232 pages 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.
Rickert, Blandine M. 1993 0-7734-1964-0 208 pages 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.
Hanney, Roxanne 1990 0-88946-566-5 176 pages 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.
Desvignes, Lucette 2011 0-7734-3943-9 300 pages 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.
Murtagh, T. N. F. 2000 0-7734-7810-8 220 pages This poignant biography – by his sister – of the logician and Resistance hero, Jean Cavaillès, not only traces the itinerary of an exceptional destiny, it also restores the intellectual climate of a segment of French thought in the 1930's. The biography is based on Cavaillès' philosophical, religious and political concerns. In particular, the use made by Gabrielle Ferrières of her brother's letters demonstrates the essential unity of Cavaillès' thought, the man of action married to the philosopher of mathematics, the intellectual recluse of the Ecole Normale Supérieure allied to the dynamic leader of one of France's most famous Resistance networks. Historians of the French Resistance, philosophers of science, mathematicians involved in Set Theory, those interested in religious movements in pre-War Germany, all find something in the exemplary figure of Cavaillès. This translation of his sister's biography is most moving in its attempt to analyse the bonds that united brother and sister during France's darkest hours, fuelled as it is by an uncanny sense of foreboding that underlines its strictly literary merits.
Germani, Ian 1992 0-7734-9505-3 308 pages 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.
Soos, Emese 2015 1-4955-0411-5 408 pages 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.
Le Ber, Jocelyne Françoise 2007 0-7734-5424-1 208 pages 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.
Petropoulou, Zoi 1995 0-7734-9398-0 160 pages 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.
Cap, Jean-Pierre 2013 0-7734-4074-7 384 pages This book is a report on Spain written in Madrid by the French diplomat Jean-Francois de Bourgoing when France was becoming increasingly involved in the American Revolution. At that time the French were pressing the Spaniards to join them. Bourgoing first describes Spanish society on religiosity, the Church and the Inquisition. His perspective is that of a disciple of Voltaire. His description of the various governmental bodies, the economy and foreign trade, especially with Spain’s vast colonial empire including the Indies, was designed to be practical for French policy makers. The final chapters on the Court and the state of the arts in Spain reveal Bourgoing’s chauvinism. His secularism, typical of France’s enlightened elite, was to culminate in the French Revolution a decade later.
Yeoland, Rosemary Hamilton 2008 0-7734-4860-8 364 pages 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.
Maher, Eamon 2007 0-7734-5370-9 196 pages This monograph seeks to examine a specifically French (and, by extension, Irish) reaction to the phenomenon of ‘globalization’, a reaction that is tinged with resistance to both the language and conceptions inherent in the term. This book suggests an alternative project of globalization in which all differences of culture, language and ideology, instead of being subsumed into a homogenous Anglophone whole, are able to cohabit in terms of what Julia Kristeva called “hospitality.” Written in both French and English, the first part of the book deals with a specifically French response to globalization, while the second section discusses the impact of the French stance on the wider world, and particularly Ireland.
Busst, Alan J. L. 2000 0-7734-7456-0 264 pages This book analyses for the first time the complex and wide-ranging theory of language which lies at the heart of Ballanche’s philosophical system. His sporadic, fragmentary passages, scattered throughout his works, are gathered together here, and presented with a detailed analysis of the theory, both in the context of the historical, religious, social and political system it supports, and also in relation to the earlier and contemporary philosophies of language which it seeks either to uphold or to disprove. In French.
Gathercole, Patricia M. 1997 0-7734-8539-2 164 pages 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.
Pooley, Tim 2004 0-7734-6425-5 410 pages This two-volume book tackles a number of major themes, which, although largely neglected in studies of European French, can be exemplified with particular clarity in the context of the Lille conurbation. This work not only clearly breaks significant new ground within the field of French Studies, combining insights of dialectology with the rigor of modern sociolinguistics applied to a rich array of oral data, thus opening up the perspective of a thorough sociolinguistic overview of a major city. This book will be of vital interest to students and lecturers involved in the advanced courses in French Studies as well as sociolinguists interested in other languages, specialists in historical linguistics, cultural studies, social history and political science.
Pooley, Tim 2004 0-7734-6427-1 335 pages This two-volume book tackles a number of major themes, which, although largely neglected in studies of European French, can be exemplified with particular clarity in the context of the Lille conurbation. This work not only clearly breaks significant new ground within the field of French Studies, combining insights of dialectology with the rigor of modern sociolinguistics applied to a rich array of oral data, thus opening up the perspective of a thorough sociolinguistic overview of a major city. This book will be of vital interest to students and lecturers involved in the advanced courses in French Studies as well as sociolinguists interested in other languages, specialists in historical linguistics, cultural studies, social history and political science.
Nguyen-Van-Huy, Pierre 1995 0-7734-2912-3 176 pages 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.
Adamowicz-Hariasz, Maria 2002 0-7734-7327-0 224 pages 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.
Walker-Morrison, Deborah 2012 0-7734-2630-2 284 pages 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.
Hafez-Ergaut, Agnès 2000 0-7734-7772-1 328 pages 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.
Morgan, Val 2003 0-7734-6619-3 300 pages 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.
Charnley, Joy 2006 0-7734-5767-4 112 pages 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.
Thiel-Janczuk, Katarzyna 2006 0-7734-5550-7 196 pages 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
Broome, Peter 2000 0-7734-7595-8 128 pages 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.
Beckett, Sandra L. 1993 0-7734-2898-4 296 pages 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.
Tremblay, Florent 2015 1-4955-0350-X 484 pages 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)
Georgescu, Georgeta 2008 0-7734-5049-1 160 pages 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.
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.
Cairns, Lucille 2002 0-7734-7110-3 504 pages Cairns's focus on post-1968 literature allows for a detailed analysis of the texts she examines. She stresses the cultural erasing of lesbians and lesbian writers in French society and argues convincingly for the importance of including the social and cultural context in the analysis of this body of literature.
Pope, Laurence 2004 0-7734-6297-X 319 pages This is the first publication of seventy-five letters from Francois de Callieres (1645-1717) to Marie de Bailleul, Marquise d'Huxelles (1626-1712) from a manuscript in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ms fr. 24983. Most were sent from Holland, where Callieres has been sent by Louis XIV to negotiate what became the Treaty of Ryswick (1697). Callieres is the author of a seminal work on diplomacy, never out of print since its publication in 1716, "On Negotiating with Princes", and after the signing of the Ryswick peace in 1697, he became the principal secretary to Louis XIV. Intended to divert as well as to inform, the product of an intimate friendship which was also a political alliance, the letters reveal Callieres to have been a moderate and thoughtful man, an admirer of the Dutch Republic and William III, as well as a loyal servant of the Sun King. He sends Huxelles literary and philosophical observations as well as political and diplomatic news, couched in a lively and spontaneous style. This edition breaks new scholarly ground in a number of areas, and suggests that the political influence of Huxelles and her Paris circle was greater than has previously been thought. It contains a preface by Professor William S. Brooks of the University of Bath situating the letters in historical context, as well as an introduction, extensive footnotes, a bibliography and an index in English, with the letters in the original French.
Ivey, Robert Toombs 2006 0-7734-5763-1 696 pages Li Chevaliers as deus espees is an old French romance in verse. Its theme is the quest for identity – the quest of a young knight to learn his real name. At King Arthur’s court, the young man, Gauvain’s squire, is known simply as the “Handsome Young Man,” until King Arthur knights him, giving him one sword, and then he unfastens the sword magically attached to The Lady of Cardigan, which none of the other knights were able to achieve. Then Sir Kay names him the “Knight with Two Swords.” After many adventures, the Knight with Two Swords encounters the grievously wounded Gaus de Norval, whom he strikes with a third sword, an enchanted but blood-stained one found at the Fountain of Marvels. The wound heals, the blood stain disappears, and the Knight with Two Swords reads his true name on the sword – Mériadeuc.
This poem is an excellent example of the later period of Arthurian verse romances. As such, there has been a resurgence of interest in it over the past ten years and a need for an updated critical edition to replace the Foerster edition of 1878. This edition contains a complete review of recent critical work, plus a thorough glossary and a discussion of the incorporation of Picard usages. This book will be of special interest to scholars of Old French language and literature and to students of Arthuriana.
Vanderboegh, David S. 2002 0-7734-7251-7 312 pages Adèle d’Osmond’s life encompassed the French Revolution and most of the Second Empire. She was well-educated, maintained friendships with members of the royal family and central figures in government, and she presided over one of the most popular salons in Paris. In addition, she wrote two novels and a volume of memoirs.
Aspley, Keith 2002 0-7734-7358-0 364 pages 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.
du Plessis, Eric H. 2009 0-7734-4750-4 268 pages Introduces the American reader to an exotic depiction of France in the 1960’s. As a unique social and historical document, it constitutes an original contribution to the field of comparative cultural studies. This book contains twelve black and white photographs.
Bacholle-Boškovic, Michèle 2006 0-7734-5925-1 228 pages 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.
Belyazid, Samira 2008 0-7734-4932-9 232 pages 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.
Kimbrough, Mary 1990 0-88946-744-7 252 pages The first biography in English of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, first Frenchman to organize a voyage of discovery around the world. Explores French naval history of the 18th century and Bougainville's place within it. Examines the French research which has been done since 1964 and into which few American scholars have delved. Chapters include "Canada and the Seven Years War," "The Falklands Colony," "Latin-American Interlude," and individual chapters devoted to each phase of Bougainville's journey. Supplemented by numerous maps, bibliography, and index.In Stowe's writings Kimball perceives "a `Protestant Mariology' in which HBS stressed the role of the mother of Jesus. . . . There is valuable information in this book, especially in the third chapter, `Salvation Found in Womanhood.'" - Church History
Klein, Nancy 1999 0-7734-7867-1 120 pages 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.
Grégoire, Vincent 2003 0-7734-6583-9 280 pages 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.
Garay, Alain 1999 0-7734-8291-1 212 pages This work is presented as a non-partisan contribution to the subject of opposition to sects in contemporary France. The author is a law professional with extensive experience in the French fiscal Administration. The debate surrounding sects has been in the center of the public arena, subject to deep social and religious discussion. The book examines the National Union of Associations for the Defence of the Family and the Individual, and the Center Against Manipulation of the Mind, anti-sect movements who lobby heavily and are largely subsidized by the government. They have compiled a list of 173 movements that qualify as sects, and criminal prosecutors in general and fiscal agencies in particular have plagued many of these associations. In this era of political and religious correctness, few voices are heard in France denouncing the aberration of the anti-sect discourse. One of the problems is that there is no legal definition of the word "sect" in France. For example, the Jehovah's Witnesses are the largest "sect" in France, though they have been recognized as a religion in Italy. The author believes that the creation of some independent panel for critical thought and deliberation is urgently needed. In French throughout.
Shahar, Annette 2008 0-7734-5087-4 404 pages This 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. 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.
Nicorescu, Liliana 2010 0-7734-1403-7 692 pages 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.
Kocay, Victor 2001 0-7734-7414-5 360 pages 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.
Badescu, Sanda 2008 0-7734-4886-1 212 pages 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.
Nangia, Shonu 2011 0-7734-1488-6 204 pages This book is a study of male-female relations in two acclaimed novels by contemporary Maghrebi Francophone author and French intellectual, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The problematic of male-female relations in the Maghreb, especially as represented by Tahar Ben Jelloun--with its extensive and overarching implications and possibilities within and beyond the realm of literary enquiry--has not received due scholarly and critical attention up until now. This study responds to the need for a holistic understanding of these male-female relations.
Weiss, James R. 2008 0-7734-5111-0 144 pages 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.
Algazi, Lisa G. 2001 0-7734-7583-4 248 pages 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.
Vesce, Thomas E. 1987 0-7734-9213-5 247 pages 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.
Morris, Matthew W. 2009 0-7734-4823-3 556 pages 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.
MacCornack, Katharine 1996 0-7734-8815-4 184 pages 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.
Coffey, Thomas F. 1993 0-7734-9263-1 660 pages 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.
Karrer, Kathryn M. 1996 0-7734-8819-7 100 pages Cornerstone events precipitating the dire predictions of the millennium occurred in sites like Albi, from 1260 to 1300. This study examines Albi's infamous inquisitorial process, and posits that events in Albi suffer when perceived as a religious phenomenon alone. This volume places those events in historical and historiographic context, reflecting the reaction to and microcosm of the political and social changes taking place at the time. Albi can then be seen as an important intellectual barometer, a mirror of millennial activities.
Bromilow, Pollie 2007 0-7734-5332-6 224 pages 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.
Timm, Lenora 1990 0-88946-570-3 296 pages 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.
Horn, Pierre 1997 0-7734-8693-3 184 pages 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.
Hennessy, Susie S. 2006 0-7734-5521-3 168 pages 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.
Paves-Yashinsky, Palomba 1991 0-7734-9736-6 204 pages 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.
Mazaheri, John H. 1999 0-7734-8267-9 128 pages 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.
Edwards, Rachel 1999 0-7734-7938-4 324 pages 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.
Frederick, Patricia 1995 0-7734-9079-5 204 pages 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.
McErlean, J. M. P. 1996 0-7734-8853-7 328 pages This is the first scholarly study of the intertwined careers in Corsica of Napoleon and his rival, Pozzo di Borgo,and of the feud that followed. It is based on essential and rare primary archival sources. This is the first account of Pozzo di Borgo as the Bonapartes' family lawyer. It provides fresh information on the Bonaparte family's lawsuits. It is based on exhaustive scrutiny of the private Pozzi Di Borgo family papers, particularly the Memoirs of C. A. Pozzo di Borgo, as well as contemporary documents from the Archives Nationales, the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Public Record Office, the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Corsican Departmental Archives, (and particularly the papers of the Royal Jurisdiction of Ajaccio), and Princeton University Library. What emerges is a portrait of the young Napoleon different from the conventional one, suggesting that he was much less important in Corsica than often portrayed. The outstanding importance of Pozzo di Borgo in Corsican politics and in the expulsion of the Bonapartes from Corsica is clearly established. The last chapter, drawing on the widest ever range of sources, revises the established account of the epochal struggle between Napoleon and Pozzo from 1796 to Napoleon's death, situating it in the context of international relations.
Dague, Everett Thomas 2006 0-7734-5613-9 248 pages The original archival research contained in this work redefines the nature and position of Napoleon’s Ministry of War. Under the First Empire the Ministry developed as a combined action of competing administrative authorities. Stable and self-referencing, the Ministry was flexible, which reflected its growing professionalization. Under the Ancien Regime, the Revolution, and the early Empire administrative officers were often chosen for other reasons than administrative ability, and always subject to the influence of military and civilian outsiders. This work examines the development of the army’s field and bureaucratic administrative operations. This examination includes the creation of a professional class of administrators during the course of the seventeenth century and, in particular, during the French Revolution and the bureaucratic development of the Ministry of War between 1799 and 1814.
While the field and bureaucratic operations are surveyed as an evolving process, the work also introduces sociometrical analysis by tracking the Napoleonic careers of the major military administrative figures, in particular Minister of War Henri Clarke. The successes and failures of the war administrative bureaucracy are considered by examining the relationships between ministerial-level administrators.
The conclusion stresses the long-term impact of the Napoleonic military-administrative experience by discussing the restructuring of the Restoration ministry of war. The reestablishment of the Napoleonic model of military administration in the post-Napoleonic period, and the reemergence of Napoleonic administrative professionals and institutions, created a condition which affected French social, military and political development into the twentieth century.
Broers, Michael 1997 0-7734-8609-7 596 pages Ancien régime Piedmont is a little-studied area, and so there exists a geographical and conceptual imbalance in the historiography of the Napoleonic era which this work addresses. It concentrates on the character and shape of mainstream political life in an area representative of the much of the territory controlled by the Napoleonic régime. It illustrates that the major problems of law and order and political polarization which beset the Revolutionary period did not disappear under Napoleon. They preoccupied his government as much as those of his predecessors. These problems, rather than ideological questions of national unity - were the chief concern of his Italian subjects, and so the question of law and order stands at the center of this work. Chapter headings include: the Absolutist Heritage; Crisis of the Ancien Régime; Patriots in Piedmontese Society; French Policy After Annexation; Resistance & Repression; Defence of Society; Resentment & Ralliement; Restoration & Reaction.
Persell, Stuart M. 1999 0-7734-8275-X 300 pages This historical monograph details for the first time the work of several prominent French biologists who were involved in the controversy over the implications of Darwin's theory of natural selection. The book addresses the need for a discussion of their non-selectionist theories of evolution, primarily their adaptation of Jean-Baptiste Lamarcke's early 19th-century theory of the inheritance of acquired characters. That revival of Lamarck has been regarded by present-day historians as a curiosity and dismissed as an impediment to the triumph of the modern neo-Darwinian theory. This study challenges this as an overly simplistic view. It argues that the Lamarckian and Darwinian concepts were all part of a series of overlapping ideas as they emerged during the late 19th century. A discussion of alternate theories of evolution necessarily alters a presentist version of how any scientific theory emerges, especially the modern theory of evolution. The eventual confrontation of these two views demonstrates how a new scientific theory can result in a broad cultural crisis. The controversy in France demonstrates how science turned easily into polemics when the pseudo-science of Neo-Lamarckism was founded in the service of political ideology.
Williams, Tony 1999 0-7734-8197-4 256 pages 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)
Gruzinska, Aleksandra 2008 0-7734-5170-6 312 pages 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.
Hartley, David 2005 0-7734-6185-X 148 pages 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.
du Plessis, Eric H. 2013 0-7734-4498-X 200 pages Provides 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.
Kimbrough, Mary 1991 0-7734-9616-5 224 pages 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.
McCaffrey, Enda 2000 0-7734-7792-6 260 pages 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.
Ford, Edward 2007 0-7734-5461-6 208 pages This work offers the first translation of the neglected nineteenth-century French poet, Leconte de Lisle, revealing him to be one of the first and most talented of the multi-culturalists. A creole sage born on the Isle of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, de Lisle spent much of his life in Paris working as the national librarian. His work was respected by the major poets of his day, but his Buddhist sense of detachment caused him to be underappreciated. These poems are his most heartfelt evocations of the Orient and the island of his birth.
King, Jeri DeBois 1992 0-7734-9507-X 268 pages 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.
McCormick, Thomas J. Jr. 1995 0-7734-2918-2 264 pages 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.
Hartley, David 1993 0-7734-9265-8 200 pages 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.
Dupuys-Sullivan, Françoise 1995 0-7734-1945-4 309 pages 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.
Fayard, Nicole 2006 0-7734-5891-3 636 pages 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. 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. The book contains a valuable database recording new Shakespearian productions in France between 1960 and 1997.
Todd, Christopher 2000 0-7734-7734-9 380 pages 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.
Todd, Christopher 2000 0-7734-7736-5 396 pages 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.
Lerner, Michael G. 1998 0-7734-8247-4 128 pages 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.
Harwood-Gordon, Sharon 1990 0-88946-569-X 224 pages 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.
Hittle, Gervase 1993 0-7734-9221-6 248 pages 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.
Ippolito, Christophe 2012 0-7734-2624-8 316 pages Literary criticism examining the way poetic description gives multiple meanings to the objects it scrutinizes in contrast to factual inscriptive and prescriptive statements.
Broome, Peter 2003 0-7734-6784-X 372 pages 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).
Todd, Christopher 1991 0-7734-9719-6 444 pages 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.
Hewitt, Nicholas 1992 0-7734-9499-5 300 pages 15 British and French specialists examine modern and contemporary French culture, with essays on: changing trends in government evaluation of culture; the proletarian writers and journalism in the 1930s; radio and cinema; popular cultural activities such as horse-racing, war-memorials, and comic strips; France's multi-cultural nature; and gender issues in the mass media. One key area, on which the volume concentrates, and which illustrates the shift in cultural definition, is advertising, both as a an historical phenomenon and a new cultural form. Finally, an essay on changing attitudes to the French language encapsulates the issues involved in the erosion of the barrier between high and popular culture.
Kim, Ji-hyun Philippa 2011 0-7734-1512-2 448 pages 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.
Nilles, Camilla 1991 0-7734-9704-8 567 pages 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.
Frail, Robert J. 2005 0-7734-6124-8 224 pages This book includes ten essays that establish a viable connection between Samuel Richardson and the abbé Prévost in the contexts of realism and literary relations between England and France which were cultivated by the mutual interest – on both sides of the Channel – in travel books like the Histoire générale des voyages, memoir novels, and other types of adaptations like Le pour et contre that surfaced as anecdotal fiction, especially the epistolary novel, began to push up against political discourses and philosophical tracts. Richardson’s three novels are studied along with Prévost’s translations of the History of Sir Charles Grandison and Frances Sheridan’s Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph. This analysis reinforces the often overlooked richness of texts that identify major themes and issues in novels about women after 1740 – principally the passive heroine derailed by patriarchal expectations, and fatal or near fatal missteps on the part of heroines in Pamela, Clarissa, and Sidney Bidulp, the dark underbelly and nightmarish plenitude in Cleveland, and the powerful sweep of language and emotion in histoire d’une Grecque moderne.
Richardson’s use of the Pauline letters is given a fresh look and his strategies regarding Colonel Morden in Clarissa offer a refreshing addition to scholarship that has not emphasized this important dimension. The timeline of Le Pour et contre is the first synthesized attempt to assign publishing dates and subject matter to all twenty volumes, and the extensive chronology of Prévost’s life represents a comprehensive listing of information compiled from French and English sources. The study of defrocked clergy as “custodians of the Enlightenment” fills a gap that should excite the interest of scholars with expertise in that domain. In these essays, there is little attempt to argue from ideology or post-modern rhetoric, and yet the interpretations of Richardson’s novels and Prévost’s works are carefully scrutinized. Pre-conceived notions and unchallenged critical evaluations of these texts are often questioned, and the essays are accompanied by capacious and inquisitive notes and detailed references. What links Richardson and Prévost together more than anything else is the way they practiced alchemy with language and became goldsmiths of the word. Other authors were as productive, but none seemed to refine the baser elements of language with such dexterity.
Dhuicq, Bernard 2017 1-4955-0628-2 608 pages This collection discusses the literary and social of achievements of Aphra Behn (1640-1689), considered to be the first female writer of English literature. It is also a collection of articles, written in both English and French, of Aphra Behn scholar Bernard Dhuicq.
Prothero, Iorwerth 2005 0-7734-6221-X 396 pages This is the first recent study, and the only one in English, of a little known movement of dissident priests that arose in the wake of the 1830 Revolution in France. Under the leadership of the Abbé Chatel, they broke away from the Church of Rome to establish a new French Catholic Church appropriate to the new liberal regime of the July Monarchy. Seeking to reconcile Catholicism with liberalism, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, they renounced the authority of the Pope and the bishops, used French instead of Latin in services, and gave up celibacy of priests, Confession, fasting and church fees. They received a welcome in a number of parishes, where their installation in the parish church sometimes led to violent clashes with the forces of order. Although Chatel's movement was supported by many of the new local authorities, the government was much less favourable. The book thus rediscovers a movement that posed serious challenges to the bishops and the government, and illustrates the weakness of the Roman Catholic Church in France in the aftennath of the French Revolution. It further reveals the extent of dissident Catholicism, within and without the Church of Rome. The study also demonstrates the nature and reality of popular religion, which often differed in profound ways from the religion of elites. Allowed much freedom at first, and increasingly receiving support and encouragement from the political opposition, including republicans, Chatel's movement met greater government hostility in the later 1830s, when some of its churches were closed down, a process completed in 1842. The movement thus exposes the fluctuating politics of the July Monarchy, and the links between religion and radicalism. Chatel also moved further in his ideas into socialism and feminism, both of which had strong religious elements at this time. His movement also prepared the way, in the Paris Basin and the Limousin, for the only significant cases in nineteenth century France of Protestant expansion into Roman Catholic areas.
Kelly, Debra 2000 0-7734-7458-7 188 pages This inter-disciplinary book draws together contributions by specialists in history, oral history and literature and focuses on the representation of the experience of war in 20th century France. It is concerned with aspects of cultural history and cultural memory as manifested in a variety of forms: public ceremonies, oral history and literary production. It examines the First and Second World Wars, the Occupation; collaboration and resistance.
Riggs, Larry W. 1992 0-7734-9159-7 228 pages 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.
Hudson, Yeager 1991 0-88946-686-6 468 pages Papers selected from those presented at the Fifth International Conference on Social Philosophy, held in Montreal 1989, in celebration of the French Revolution. Topics include "Coersion, Fanaticism, and Violence," "The Enduring Lessons of the French Revolution," "Morality, Liberty, and Equality," and "Social Theory and the Justification of Social Order".
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Bryant, David S. 1993 0-7734-9344-1 200 pages 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.
Moine, André G. 2005 0-7734-6203-1 184 pages 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.
Mermier, Guy R. 1993 0-7734-9225-9 120 pages 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.
Young, Regina M. 2003 0-7734-6668-1 494 pages 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.
Challons-Lipton, Siulolovao 2002 0-7734-7333-5 284 pages This study examines the role of French painter Léon Bonnat in reforming art education in the 19th century Paris. It examines his relationship with the Scandinavian pupils in his private teaching students, analyzing the impact of French art upon the techniques, aims and achievements of art in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Also examines the opportunities and facilities of women artists within this framework. With illustrations.
“This is one of the most far-reaching studies of the cultural cross-currents in late nineteenth-century Europe. . . . Viewing French art through the eyes of Scandinavian artists not only tells us a great deal about the nature of art in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, but brings a refreshingly new perspective to our understanding of French art. . . . Student of French art will find a fascinating case study of a major teacher whose relationship with his predecessors and with the Academy are fully explored. . . . To any scholar with an interest in the attraction of Paris for artists in this period, this book will provide a model of its kind.” – J. J. L. Whiteley, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
“. . . the author considers Bonnat’s impact on a whole range of areas, filling the many lacunae still abounding with respect to the artistic education he provided in his private studios, the Scandinavian artists in Paris who came to him for tuition, and the facilities he provided for women artists to study. . . . Dr. Challons-Lipton has carried out copious research on these matters, using her fluent knowledge of French and Swedish. . . investigating archives in Paris and Bayonne, as well as in Scandinavia itself, especially Stockholm. Artists’ letters, diaries, as well as other literary and visual material, including pictures, were examined and play a crucial role in her research. . . an innovative and scholarly exploration of a fascinating and largely unexplored subject offering a vista in which it has become possible to make interesting linkages amongst Scandinavian artists and the world of Parisian arts and studios, still with relevance for the art world today.” – Neil Kent, Cambridge
“Supported by comprehensive unpublished primary source material, together with an impartial view of French nineteenth century painting, Challons-Lipton convincingly reveals the crucial influence that this French artist had over the many Scandinavian artists who went to France to study under him. She gives an informed description of Bonnat’s teaching methods and provides the reader with detailed information about his style of painting. . . . succeeds, furthermore, in showing that this knowledge later reached the Scandinavian educational institutions, which impacted artists at the turn of the century, who were initially trained in methods originating in Bonnat’s studio. The writer also observes the central role that women played in the Scandinavian artists’ colony in Paris. . . . helps both to re-examine nineteenth-century French art, and establish which French artists were most admired by Scandinavian painters in Paris and what they absorbed.” – Dr. Tomas Björk, Stockholm University
Tollini, Frederick Paul 2003 0-7734-6675-4 204 pages This study adds another insight into the period of Luis XIV – that the confluence of the theatrical arts from older traditions developed to shape a distinctly French style which all pertained to the glorification of the Sun King. While previous studies have stressed the literary and musical side of the performances of the period, this study examines the settings and scene designs which completed the picture for the mythologies. Besides giving an account of the festivities of Versailles and setting them in their social environment, this work relates the spectacles to the political and social milieu, incorporating both contemporary literary theory and cultural history.
Cochran, Judy 1995 0-7734-2908-5 224 pages 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.
Long, Robin McArthur 2004 0-7734-6524-3 246 pages 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.
Bryant, David S. 1995 0-7734-8956-8 396 pages 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.
Patsouras, Louis 1991 0-7734-9913-X 120 pages 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.
Luteran, Paula 2010 0-7734-3803-3 132 pages 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.
Boucquey, Thierry 1999 0-7734-8038-2 248 pages 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.
Åkerlund, Ingrid 2003 0-7734-6666-5 204 pages 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.
Keller, Frances Richardson 1988 0-88946-637-8 220 pages The first translation and publication of a 1925 doctoral dissertation written for the University of Paris by a 67-year-old Black American expatriate woman who had been born a slave. Her study of the French revolutionists' view of slavery is crucial to understanding the growth of human rights.
Knottnerus, J. David 1999 0-7734-7912-0 168 pages This volume conducts an historical comparative investigation of the elite school system for boys (lycées - secondary educational system) and girls (religious boarding schools) in 19th century France. An elaborated model of the total institution is used to analyze the educational organizations in which children were educated. The study also uses literary texts such as novels and short stories, diaries, memoirs, and (fictionalized) autobiographies to describe and compare the personal lives, social worlds, and structures of boys and girls in these two types of institutions. A theory of structural ritualization is employed to explain how these groups were influenced by the institutional milieus they were nested within. Underlying this study is the fundamental assumption that literature and sociological concepts can be used together to better understand social historical processes and structures.
Brinsmead, Anne-Marie 1989 0-88946-639-4 150 pages 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.
Angelini, Eileen M. 2001 0-7734-7317-3 172 pages 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.
Addinall, Nigel 2004 0-7734-6529-4 196 pages The subject of this book is the development of political ideas in France, examining the justification of Absolute Monarchy in the Seventeenth century, its rebuttal by the Eighteenth century “philosophes” in the name of the freedom of the individual, the reaction in turn by the nineteenth century “liberals” against their ideas which they considered led not to freedom but to oppression, the development in turn of socialism which perceived “liberalism” as promoting the freedom only of the rich and powerful few and finally a return to Monarchist ideas in the early Twentieth century as the only solution to the problems caused by the so-called sovereignty of the people. The Conclusion illustrates how many of these ideas are still echoed by French politicians in the present era of the Fifth Republic.
Judge, Anne 1995 0-7734-9002-7 304 pages 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.
Michael, Colette V. 2007 0-7734-5551-5 132 pages This work questions the position of women in France during the 18th century. The value of anonymous works published during the Enlightenment on the rights of women is noted by several known and appreciated authors in the introduction, and the role of philosophers of the period. For these reasons the author chooses to no longer concentrate on Descartes’s rationality, which claims that all that exists has its justification. Instead, the author’s hypothesis is verifiable, based on the relationships between assumptions and the facts guaranteed by empirical data.
Amar, Ruth 2005 0-7734-6098-5 152 pages 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.
Gilmore-Hunt, Gloria Thomas 2012 0-7734-2597-7 300 pages This work is unique in showing that textiles constitute a cohesive secondary signifying system throughout the Lais of Marie de France. There they function as texts-within-a-text. Etymologically, both text and textile derive from weaving. We read these textiles as complete signs that transfer meaning, as symbols whose meaning may or may not be interpreted, or merely as signals highlighting import. The quantity of textile references in Marie’s minimalistic texts emphasizes their potential for meaning. In view of the fact that women were the primary producers of textiles until the late Middle Ages, textiles should be read as a form of feminine text, especially since we presume the Lais’ author to be a woman.
Chedid, Andrée 2002 0-7734-7216-9 298 pages 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.
Finas, Lucette 2003 0-7734-6756-4 364 pages 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.
Séguenny, André 1987 0-88946-820-6 150 pages 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.
Hodges, Matthew 2008 0-7734-5285-0 692 pages This book advances an anthropological understanding of time and history. Drawing on the philosophy of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze, and the work of anthropologists Alfred Gell and Nancy Munn, the author presents the carefully documented case for the importance of time studies to anthropology.
The argument is channelled through an ethnographic account of the rapid and far-reaching changes affecting life in a Mediterranean French village. These are driven by the regional political economy, and heritage tourism in particular; but in an original analysis of such processes of modernization, the book traces their impact in terms of the lived experience of time.
Experiences of tradition, epoch, cultural rupture and remembrance, mythologizations of history, and the local “politics of time”, are brought clearly into focus; as is the place of heritage tourism, local history, and kinship in mediating disjuncture. A sensitive portrait emerges of how people inhabit the uncertain timescapes of modernity, in a wide range of everyday scenarios.
The book develops the notion of “living traditions” as a dynamic form of cultural continuity; and fashions a layered, integrated model of experience, time and history informed by Deleuze’s philosophy of flux. Discussion extends to pragmatist and phenomenological theories of time, and the work of philosophers such as MacIntyre. Generously illustrated, the book is notable for illuminating this complex field in clear, evocative language.
Angelo, Adrienne 2009 0-7734-3823-8 148 pages 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.
1996 0-7734-8861-8 216 pages 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.
Dodd, Tony 1998 0-7734-8477-9 560 pages This study represents the first in-depth reexamination in any language for over twenty years of the life and works of Siger of Brabant. Siger might well be described as the first academic scholar to oppose the claims of the Church hierarchy for total overall control of intellectual study and teaching. Initially, he saw his teaching role as explaining the position of the so-called authorities in the area of philosophy. Subsequently, as one of the very few academics of this time who did not move on to Theology, Medicine or Law, he fought for the independence of his faculty and his domain of academic investigation without direct external interference. This brought him into conflict with the Church authorities, leading to his citation in 1277 for alleged heresy, followed by exile and death in Italy.
Ramirez, Alicia Bralove 2013 0-7734-3061-X 172 pages 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.
Sandin-Fremaint, Pedro A. 1992 0-7734-9826-5 380 pages 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.
Levine, Robert 1990 0-88946-623-8 148 pages 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.
Wilshire, Leland Edward 2013 0-7734-4065-8 160 pages Studies the register, curriculum, the students and faculty life of medieval universities from 1200-1450. The author’s primary concern is to explain how these universities played a role in condemning, and later accepting the theology of Thomas Aquinas.
Tyldesley, Michael George 2010 0-7734-3637-5 212 pages This book is an examination of the social theory of Professor Michel Maffesoli, Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne and a well-known public intellectual in France. It is the first book length consideration of Professor Maffesoli’s work in the English language.
Shorley, Christopher 2006 0-7734-5618-X 296 pages 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.
Brasillach, Robert 2002 0-7734-7158-8 484 pages 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.
Cusimano, Richard 2003 0-7734-6637-1 288 pages 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.
Quinn, Tom 2005 0-7734-5938-3 424 pages This is the first full-length study to place Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night) within the context of the experience and memory of the Great War 1914-1918. In doing so, this study examines the totality of the relationship between the literary artifact and the experience and memory, both personal and collective, of the war from which it emerged. This study is multi-dimensional, drawing on a wide range of sources, including the regimental diaries of Céline’s cavalry regiment in the Great War, biographical and literary studies of Céline, general and cultural histories of the Great War, while reaching out to embrace the literature of memory and trauma. By drawing on the literature of trauma, this study offers a portrait of a Céline traumatized by his war experience, while illustrating the ways in which his trauma shapes Voyage. In doing so, it reveals the mechanisms which govern this work of art and determines its place at the intersection of war, memory and literature. As such, it makes an important contribution to Céline studies, to studies of the memory and literature of the Great War, as well as to broader studies of war disrupted twentieth-century trauma, memory and identity.
Blackmore, A.M. 2001 0-7734-7416-1 604 pages 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.
Schneider, Cornelia 2011 0-7734-1531-9 252 pages Explores 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.
Kocay, Victor 2014 0-7734-3509-3 436 pages 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.
De Bary, Cécile 2014 1-4955-0270-8 148 pages 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.
Desvignes, Lucette 2009 0-7734-4690-7 316 pages 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.
Desvignes, Lucette 2010 0-7734-1304-9 328 pages 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.
Windebank, Jan 1995 0-7734-8968-1 256 pages Interdisciplinary in nature, these essays analyse the role of violence in modern French political history, early feminist theory on revolutionary violence, the rejection of the state by brigands and modern-day terrorists, the tactics of protest groups, conflict in industrial relations, police violence, colonial repression and insurrection, racial tensions and violence, violence against women, and the responses of the French education system to an increasingly violent society. This book is the first to address the full range of social and political manifestations of violence in modern France.
McNulty, J. Bard Bard 2003 0-7734-6618-5 124 pages This study explains how images in the Tapestry that are generally dismissed as purely decorative, random, or historically mistaken are in fact none of these, but meaningful devices observable in other medieval works. In light of major studies in medieval iconography, historiography, and visual narrative, it shows how apparent anomalies in the Tapestry are to be read as devices deliberately designed to help interpret and add thematic depth to the narrative. The volume shows, for example, how the image-filled borders help the observer interpret the scenes they accompany, and that, far from being random, they respond to a program which, among other things, determines the positioning of Aesop’s fables and other images.
Ligo, Larry L.R. 2022 1-4955-0936-2 900 pages This two-book set provides a thorough examination and interpretation of nearly every major painting that Edouard Manet publicly exhibited between 1861-1882 in his struggle to create a new style called modern art. The author demonstrates that Manet developed a unique and new style of painting by employing Charles Baudelaire's aesthetic theory. In this way Manet created the characteristic style of modern art.
This combined, consecutively paginated, two volume book set contains 139 colored illustrations.
Thompson, Richard H. 1992 0-88946-746-3 384 pages The first book-length work in English on a strange episode that exercises perennial fascination for French historians. The Beast of the Gévaudan terrorized an entire countryside for years during the 18th century, killing scores of men, women, and children but ignoring the domestic animals. This is the true story, so far as it can be reconstructed, of the ravages in the province of Gévaudan, and the incompetence, intrigue, corruption, and indifference in high places.
Worley, Sharon 2010 0-7734-3835-1 564 pages 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.
Thomas, Jean-Jacques 1989 0-88946-574-6 360 pages 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.