The Romanic Review

A quarterly journal devoted to the study of Romance literatures. Articles cover all periods of French, Italian, and Spanish-language literature. Published by the Department of French and Romance Philology of Columbia University.

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 4, November

An Allegorical Mirror: The Pool of Narcissus in Guillaume De Lorris' Romance of the Rose
Borrowing from the allegorical tradition of dream narratives the figure of the cheminement, the Romance of the Rose stages an "I" who from the very beginning of the dream walks. This walk is no aimless wandering. The "I" in the dream (a persona to...
Fear of Falling: The Myth of Icarus in la Vie Mode D'emploi
J'aime: les parcs, les jardins, le papier quadrille [...] les toits d'ardoise, La Chute d'Icare [...] (1) The presence of "programmed" allusions and quotations in La Vie mode d emploi, which form part of the larger system of constraints used by...
From Theory to Practice: A Musical Reading of Valery's "Profusion Du Soir"
Un poeme est pour moi un etat d'une suite d'elaborations. Ceux que j'ai publies sont a mes yeux de productions arretees par des circonstances etrangeres. Et gardes, je les eusse transformes indefiniment. (1) Written over a period of more than twenty...
Military Discipline and Revolutionary Exaltation: The Dismantling of "L'illusion Lyrique" in Malraux's L'espoir and Bataille's le Bleu Du Ciel
In 1933, Bataille contributed a review of Andre Malraux's novel La Condition humaine to the ultra left-wing journal La Critique sociale. (1) In this article, Bataille questions the place that revolution occupies in the larger and more general context...
"O Homines Ad Servitutem Paratos!": Bajazet and the Scandal of Slave Rule (1)
Of all Racine's plays, Bajazet is, according to the ARTFL database, the one where the word "esclave" occurs most frequently. (2) More than a fashionable addition to the series of successful syntheses of classical dramaturgy and galant aesthetics with...
`Qui a Pais N'a Que Faire De Patrie': Joachim Du Bellay's Resistance to a French Identity
The poet Joachim Du Bellay is commonly recognized as one of the most famous figures of sixteenth-century French literature who gave voice to pro-French sentiment. A prominent member of the Pleiade, he was also the author of its famous manifesto, the...
Racine: Ce Que la Tragedie N'est Pas. (1)
Il n'est pas de tache plus delicate que la recherche de l'originalite d'un ecrivain qui ne pretend pas en avoir. (E. Vinaver) En posant que "Berenice n'est donc pas une tragedie du sacrifice mais l'histoire d'une repudiation que Titus n'ose pas...
Subjectivity in the Fictional Ruin: The Caprice Genre
"What a clever chap that architect is, though; how he takes his client's measure!" Edith Wharton (1) After Roland Mortier's La Poetique des ruines en France the study of the motif of the ruin in poetry and prose was extended to many schools, periods...
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