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. 92, No. 4, November

Clothing "Dame Helisenne": The Staging of Female Authorship and the Production of the 1538 Angoysses Douloureuses Qqui Procedent D'amours
In Les Angoysses Douloureuses qui procedent d'amours (Paris, 1538), the protagonist Dame Helisenne owns a white cloak of which she is particularly fond: "J'estois fort curieuse en habillemens, c'estoit la chose ou je prenoye singulier plaisir," (1)...
Du Chemin Poetique Au Theatre De la Menace
Les chemins sont des traces visibles des voies qui appellent le poete. Dans Les Ruines de Paris (1) de Jacques Reda, "cette ligne au tracepoetiqu" (p. 96) indique le chemin qui peut mener partout ; la voie, petite ou grande, de commencement, milieu...
George Sand and Cristina Di Belgiojoso's Literary Dialogue
Did the relationship between two nineteenth-century writers, George Sand and Italian Princess Cristina di Belgiojoso, (1) inspire a literary dialogue? (2) Sand's extensive corpus is, of course, well known, while Belgiojoso's writings--most of which...
"I Do, I Do": Medieval Models of Marriage and Choice of Partners in Marie De France's "Le Fraisne"
That Marie de France would choose to write a story about love and marriage with a happy ending is rather a surprise to readers mindful of the historical reality of the Middle Ages. The prospect of a woman having a happy, loving marriage in twelfth-century...
"Je Suis Comme Une Truie Qui Broute": Une Lecture Pomologique De Truismes De Marie Darrieussecq
[Mais] Ne machons pas nos mots, ce qui nous ensorcelle, nous, le porc, le chien ou la chevre caveurs de truffes et qui tient pour beaucoup de son mystere, c'est la testosterase, substance presque identique a la testosterone, hormone que l'on trouve...
"Les Dimanches D'un Bourgeois De Paris": Realite Burlesque Ou Caricature Effrayante?
Le XIXe, siecle excellence de l'avenement du bourgeois, s'est egalement avere celui du moteur de la caricature. La caricature, procede qui signifie l'appartenance d'une personne a un groupe en la reduisant a une somme exageree de traits physiques ou...
Testifying to His Text: Primo Levi and the Concentrationary Sublime
In his Estetica, first published in 1902, Benedetto Croce offered a remarkably prescient definition of the atrocious sublime: Che cos'e il sublime? L'affermarsi improvviso dj una forza morale ultrapossente: eccone una definizione. Ma altrettanto...
The Anxiety of Senecan Influence in Racine, or Phedre in the Labyrinth
For those who would make sense of Jean Racine's career, Phedre will always present a paradox: at once a summit and an impasse. In this paper I propose not so much a resolution of this paradox as a new mapping of the play's contradictions, both internal...
Tradition, Ritual and Identity in Jean Rouaud's Loire-Inferieure Cycle
The publication, between 1990 and 1999, of the rive volumes of Jean Rouaud's fictionalised autobiography (1) coincided not only with considerable creative and critical activity, in France and elsewhere, in the rich domain of autofiction, but also with...
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