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. 4, November

Books Received for 2009
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin. Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009. Akbari, Suzanne Conklin, and Amilcare A. Iannucci, eds. Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West....
Fiction et Histoire. la Sorciere De Jules Michelet
Michelet veut etre la voix de ceux qui en sont prives afin de reparer l'injustice d'une histoire evenementielle centree sur les hauts faits des grands personnages--histoire qui a longtemps escamote l'action du peuple, sa sourde resistance pendant des...
Formulas, Orality and Arthurian Romance: A Short Note on a Long Story
In the field of medieval French studies, before Orality, there was the Formula, and before that, there was nothing, just texts badly written. To the pioneers of Romance philology, the chanson de geste appeared hampered by all those repetitions that...
Hugues Rebell and Charles Maurras before L'action Francaise
Little is known about the relation of Hugues Rebell and Charles Maurras. Their correspondence has not come to light, and the extent and duration of Rebell's collaboration with Maurras and the group of Action Francaise have never been established with...
Le Reemploi Strategique Du Roman Noir Apres la Revolution De Juillet
Au debut de la monarchie de Juillet, Balzac et les autres auteurs de sa generation negocient, chacun a sa facon, la mutation culturelle et socioeconomique qu'entrainent deux phenomenes interdependants dans le champ et sur le marche litteraires: d'une...
Medievalism and Enlightenment, 1647-1750: Jean Chapelain to Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Critiques of modernity and the Enlightenment project increasingly recognize the need to historicize the Enlightenment debate (Baker and Reill; Darnton). Reframing criticism of the Enlightenment in its original eighteenth-century setting has shown that...
Political and Domestic Economy in Rousseau's Julie, Ou la Nouvelle Heloise
I. Politics and the "Discourse of Pathos" Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise continues to prove enigmatic for those interested in the relationship between Rousseau's literary and political works. At least on a cursory reading, La Nouvelle Heloise supports...
"The Flames Will Have Consumed Me": Abandonment, Death and Self-Expression in Christine De Pizan and Louise Labe
The theme of abandonment and the image of the abandoned woman have been staples of the poetic canon since the dawn of literature. As Lawrence Lipking states regarding the tradition launched by Ovid's Heroides, "to be a heroine ... means being abandoned."...
The Lyonnaise Medusa: Louise Labe in the Poetry of Olivier De Magny
I. Introduction Louise Labe's 1555 (Euvres appeared with a substantial appendix: a collection of twenty-four poems in her praise, authored by male contemporaries. This collection, entitled Escriz de divers poetes, a la louenge de Louize Labe Lionnoize,...
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