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. 100, No. 3, May

Francoise De Graffigny's Self-Fictionalization in Lettres D'une Peruvienne
When Francoise de Graffigny's epistolary novel Lettres d'une Peruvienne appeared in 1747, one of her close friends, the French economist Jacques Turgot, praised the native of the region of Lorraine for crafting a subtle philosophical work capable of...
German Vices: Sexual/linguistic Inversions in Fin-De-Siecle France
In 1896, the prolific French author and journalist Armand Dubarry published the novel Les Invertis (Le Vice allemand), one in a series entitled "Les desequilibres de l'amour" that Dubarry devoted to the varieties of sexual perversion. "Inversion" was,...
Keeping Time with the Tales: Repetition, Epiphany, and the Heptameron's Narrative Change
Despite the Heptameron's near-pastoral setting, its characters appear strikingly attentive to the passing of time. Far from truly killing time as they await the completion of the bridge that will permit their return to civilization, the devisants pursue...
'Les Mo(r)ts Ne Nous Lachent Pas': Death and the Paternal/amorous Body in Linda Le's Lettre Morte
This article examines the developmental paradigms exhibited by the narrator of Lettre morte, drawing on parallels suggested in the text between the death of the narrator's father and the ending of her relationship with a lover, the appropriately named...
Mundane Interruptions: The Insignificance of Helene Cixous's le Jour Ou Je N'etais Pas La
Although Cixous's writing would certainly not be described as "common" or "ordinary," her theories on writing emphasize the importance of the everyday, the unnoticed instants and passages that make up life and that are not in fact insignificant simply...
Reading Leone Ebreo's Dialoghi D'amore: Pontus De Tyard, Louise Labe, and Olivier De Magny
Avec raison donq non seulement l'inferieur ayme et desire de se unir avec le superieur, mais encor le superieur ayme et desire de unir avec soy l'inferieur, a fin que chacun d'eux soit parfait en son degre sans default, et a celle fin que l'univers...
The Faces of Judith: Nationhood and Patronage in la Judit of Guillaume Salluste Du Bartas
In the "Avertissement au lecteur" of his poem La Judit, the Huguenot poet Guillaume Salluste Du Bartas states that he chose to write about the biblical figure Judith because he was asked to do so by Jeanne d'Albret, "ayant este commande, il y a environ...
The Odorous Text: A Deleuzian Approach to Huysmans
"You are longitude and latitude, a set of speeds and slownesses between unformed particles, a set of nonsubjectified affects." (1) In a lengthy, key chapter devoted to the diverse modes of becoming, (2) Deleuze and Guattari are at pains to distance...
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