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. 86, No. 1, January

"Beaucoup De Bruit Pour Rien": Mallarme's 'Ptyx' and the Symbolist "Bric-a-Brac."
Les autres symbolistes renferment et agitent un certain bric-a-brac concret de sensations et d'objets aimes par leur epoque . . . Antonin Artaud, 1923(1) Bibelots d'emplois incertains, Fleurs mortes aux seins des almees, Cheveux, dons de vierges charmees,...
Denying Authorship: Sade and the Censor
It is hardly disputable that some forms of censorship exist even in countries where freedom of speech is a constitutional right. As Jacques Derrida reminds us, "censorship does not consist . . . in reducing one to absolute silence. It is enough that...
Don Quixote Rides Again!
In a recent article, "Once Is Not Enough?", I argued that a book word-for-word identical with Cervantes' Quixote wouldn't be a new Quixote, numerically distinct from Cervantes', if it were produced in the manner described in gorges' short story "Pierre...
Half-Title or 'Julie' Beheaded
"Julie ou": head and frail articulation, separated from their body by a certain kind of critical terror. Imagine a book on Richardson that referred throughout to Virtue Rewarded and The History of a Young Lady without ever mentioning Pamela or Clarissa....
Inintelligibles Pour Une Femme Honnete: Sexuality, Textuality and Knowledge in Diderot's 'La Religieuse' and Gautier's 'Mademoiselle De Maupin.'
1. Smokescreens and Similarities The theme of female homosexuality in French literature has vast historical, ideological, and narratological implications. Some texts which include lesbian plots or sub-plots, such as Diderot's La Religieuse, have...
Sade's Ethical Economies
Recent criticism has underscored the difficulty of coming to terms with the ethical consequences of literary interpretation. On the one hand, criticism seems unable to avoid ethical judgments. Tobin Siebers, recalling the etymological senses of the...
Senancour's 'Oberman': Experiments in the Ascetic Sublime
In the world everything is as it is, and everything happens as it does happen: in it no value exists--and if it did, it would have no value. If there is any value that does have value, it must lie outside the whole sphere of what happens and is the...
Textuality and (Homo-)Sexuality in Turnier's 'Les Meteores.'
The relations between homosexuality and textuality have been variously analysed. Critics have found no definitive theories of the undeniably intimate bond between sexuality and signification. The sexual relations involved in textual production and...
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