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. 3, May

Barthesian Discourse: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too
When Philippe Sollers set out in May 1980, shortly after Roland Barthes' death, to write a succinct preface to the new, abridged edition of the seminal collective work of Tel Quel known as Theorie d'ensemble (originally published in 1968), (1) it was...
Blind Spots and Afterimages: The Narrative Optics of Claude Simon's Triptyque
Blind Orion Tu sembles privilegier de plus en plus l'image, la description. [...] Il y aurait donc une sorte de coincidence entre percevoir et ecrire? (1) To the question posed above by Lucien Dallenbach, Claude Simon answers in the affirmative,...
Mythe et Litterature Dans la Part Du Feu De Maurice Blanchot
J'emploie ici le mot "mythe" a partir de Blanchot, qui, dans La Part du feu (1) se refere au "mythe de Mallarme" comme signe de l'accomplissement d'un langage total, d'un langage qui, realise, serait le silence meme (68). Je ne n'insisterai pas sur...
Narrating the Gender Riddle: The Case of Maupassant's Yvette, "M. Jocaste," and "L'Ermite"
Literary theory in general, and the various idioms of feminist theory in particular, have frequently portrayed the male relationship to discourse in powerful terms. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the majority of formulations on this...
Nerval et la Mise En Cause De L'auctoritas Scripturale: "Le Songe De Polyphile"
Parmi tous les episodes heteroclites qui composent l'introduction de Voyage en Orient de Nerval, les chapitres consacres a l'arret a l'ile mythique de Cythere, notamment les chapitres XII, XIII, et XIV, se demarquent par leur tenor nostalgique vis-a-vis...
The Place of Suicide in the French Avant-Garde of the Inter-War Period
The cult of artistic and existential evasion in Dada and surrealism made suicide a leitmotif of literary life in inter-war France. Dadaists and surrealists exploited suicide as a figure of evasion from reality, from social and moral conventions, and...
Un Lieu Utopique Dans L'OEuvre Au Noir: Le Paradis Des Anges *
L'un des aspects les plus captivants de L'OEuvre au Noir (1968), de Marguerite Yourcenar, est la presence de multiples elements specifiques du XVIeme siecle qui conferent au roman un caractere de fresque (1). On pense notamment a l'episode des "Anges",...
Zazie Dans la Brousse (1)
Elle n'y a encore pas voyage, ta cousine, en Afrique! (2) L'hypothese qui guide cette analyse est celle d'une convergence entre le roman d'Amos Tutuola traduit par Queneau, L'Ivrogne dans la brousse, et les preoccupations esthetiques de Queneau...
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