French Forum

Journal covering literary criticism and French literature.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1-2, Spring

Assimilation, Hospitality, and the Politics of Identity in Albert Memmi
Et tous ces problemes d'identite, comme on dit si betement aujourd'hui. --Derrida, Le Monolinguisme de l'autre In essays, novels, and poems Albert Memmi describes a world where boundaries are disappearing, assimilation is an incontrovertible...
Continents Adrift? Suturing the Cultural and Political Divide in Assia Djebar's Femmes d'Alger Dans Leur Appartement, L'amour, la Fantasia, and Vaste Est la Prison
The present article considers the conceptual and theoretical issues that have (re)emerged in postcolonial discourse during the past decade and explores how literature can define possible strategies of reading, interpretation, and method for the postcolonial...
Correspondance: Mail Art and Literary Appropriation in the 1920s
Correspondance was one of the first Belgian Surrealist serials, produced over seven months in 1924 and 1925 by three Francophone writers, Paul Nouge, Camille Goemans, and Marcel Lecomte. (1) It was made up of twenty-two single-sheet tracts whose short,...
Dans la Couleur Immergeante, le Toucher Du Monde Chez Nicolas Pesques
Voila plus de trente ans que Nicolas Pesques approfondit les memes questions: comment etre la, d'un coup, avec la colline ardechoise nommee Juliau? Comment, par le langage, rentrer et approfondir cette relation avant que mule jongleries verbales ne...
"Des Arabes, J'en Suis Sure!" Rompre le Silence Dans Entendez-Vous Dans Les Montagnes ... De Maissa Bey
Ecrivaine algerienne de la nouvelle generation, Maissa Bey (nee en 1950) s'est deja assuree une place d'importance dans les nouvelles ecritures du Maghreb. Six ans apres Au commencement etait la mer, son premier roman qui traitait de l'Algerie des...
Enfances Narcisse
Claire Nouvet, Enfances Narcisse. Paris: Galilee, 2009. 161pp. Annie Le Brun rappelait recemment que le champ de la mythologie, tant pour les romantiques allemands que pour les membres du College de Sociologic, s'etait constitue en rempart face...
Entretien Avec Michel Deguy, a Propos Des Ecologiques
Le vendredi 27 juillet 2012, 11h00 Dans le paysage poetique contemporain, Michel Deguy apparait comme une reference capitale, a l'egal d'un Yves Bonnefoy ou d'un Philippe Jaccottet, des auteurs dont le travail poetique se double, comme le sien,...
Fiction as Cover Story in Sollers's la Fete a Venise
In a blend of fiction and essay highly characteristic of Philippe Sollers's so-called readable novels, La Fete a Venise (1991) tells the story of a stolen painting by Watteau called "La Fete a Venise" which is being transferred from one sailboat to...
Freedom from Oneself: Artistry and the Postcolonial Woman Artist in Nina Bouraoui's la Voyeuse Interdite
In some ways, Nina Bouraoui's La Voyeuse interdite, tells a familiar story. (1) In recent years there has been a high demand for books, films and documentaries that promise to lift the veil on Muslim women's oppression and, in certain respects, Bouraoui's...
French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century: The Return to the Story
Simon Kemp, French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century: The Return to the Story. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010. 213 pp. Since the late 198os, criticism of contemporary French literature has been preoccupied by a perceived shift of emphasis...
Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France
Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola, and Peter J. Bloom, eds, Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. 352 pp. In November 2005, France was struck by violence in...
Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films
Vinay Swamy, Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films. Lanham (MD): Lexington Books, 2011. XXXiV + 171 pp. Interpreting the Republic moves deftly among interdisciplinary approaches ranging...
Lorand Gaspar: Poesie a la Rencontre Des Sciences Neurocognitives
En tant que medecin, Lorand Gaspar inscrit son oeuvre creatrice dans une perspective qui est informee par des liens etroits avec les sciences. Les bases de cette perspective reposent, de plus, sur des reflexes humanistes. Dans un passage sur les distances...
Mallarme Huysmans, and the Poetics of Hothouse Blooms
In his carnavalesque "Exhortation," the liminal poem to La Muse a Bibi (ca. 1879), Andre Gill admonishes his muse to reject poetic conventions of the past. Among the traditions that he targets in this satirical diatribe are those associated with French...
Mallarme, Technology, and the Poet Engineer
Traditional accounts of aesthetic modernism frame it as a reaction against technological modernity, art taking refuge from the alienating and dehumanizing aspects of an increasingly industrial culture. This overly simplified narrative of what Andreas...
Marie Cosnay's Roman-Fleuve
Marie Cosnay's Villa Chagrin (2006), the third title in a body of work that now includes eleven books, may not be a roman-fleuve in the strict sense of that term (indeed it may not even be a novel), but a river most certainly runs through it, from...
Nothing Consumed: The Dangerous Space of Food in Madame Bovary
The economy of consumption in Madame Bovary does not allow for desires to be fulfilled. It is a novel about emptiness, and eating badly; Emma cannot eat or experience other pleasures in a way that sustains her. This is why the act of consumption--of...
Philosemitism and the Mission Civilisatrice in Gautier's la Juive De Constantine
Theophile Gautier's play La Juive de Constantine was not a success. Cowritten with Noel Parfait, (1) the play opened at the Porte-Saint-Martin Theater on November 12, 1846 and closed after a mere 20 performances. (2) Reviewers seemed to take a perverse...
Political Anthropology and Its Animal Other in Rousseau's Discours Sur L'inegalite
1. Human Norms and Animal Foundations The most innovative and consequential eighteenth-century French discourses on the animal, from Maupertuis and Condillac through to Diderot and La Mettrie, qualify or repudiate both orthodox Thomist Christian...
Skin Deep: Bodies without Limits in Hiroshima Mon Amour
Depuis la Renaissance, la pensee occidentale est obnubilee par un theme epistemologique; connaitre, c'est briser l'ecorce pour atteindre le noyau. Ce theme arrive a epuisement, apres avoir produit quelques reussites et quelques dangers: la physique...
Staging the French Revolution: Cultural Politics and the Paris Opera, 1789-1794
Mark Darlow, Staging the French Revolution: Cultural Politics and the Paris Opera, 1789-1794. Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press, 2012. 448 pp. Some studies are important for the insights they provide into vast, timeless questions; others, because...
The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing
David Scott, The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. 167 pp. The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing presents itself as an analysis of the art and poetry that takes boxing as its subject; but in its own right the...
The Count of Chanteleine: A Tale of the French
Jules Verne, The Count of Chanteleine: A Tale of the French Revolution. Trans. Edward Baxter. Ed. Brian Taves. The Palik Series. Atlanta (GA): Bear Manor Fiction, 2011. 185 pp. Popularity and literary recognition do not often go hand in hand. The...
The Scent Trail of "Une Charogne"
In 2007 Charogne joined the catalogue of provocative eaux de parfum launched by Etat Libre d'Orange. Self-proclaimed enfants terribles of the industry, the fragrance team takes concept perfumery to new heights, linking each scent to an edgy name (e.g.,...