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. 89, No. 4, November

A Propos De Mystification: L'ironie De Diderot
Mystification, recit generalement range parmi les contes de Diderot, ne fut revele que depuis 1951, par H. Dieckmann, dans l'inventaire qu'il dressa(1) des manuscrits du philosophe. C'est l'histoire d'une mystification reelle entreprise par Diderot...
"Ce N'est Pas Une Allegorie. C'est Une Feuille Tout Simplement": Text, Intertext and Biography in Claude Simon's Jardin Des Plantes
On a first reading of Le Jardin des Plantes, one might be forgiven for assuming that, at the age of 84, Claude Simon had published a thinly disguised autobiography. Evidence to support such a hypothesis is plentiful. A very substantial proportion of...
Did Women Have an Enlightenment? Graffigny's Zilia as Female Philosophe
In her article "Did Women Have a Renaissance?" Joan Kelly argues that women did not experience the expansion of social and personal opportunities that characterized this period for men. Rather, the same developments that inspired renewed cultural expression...
Empires of the Sun: Colonialism and Closure in Louis Xiv's 1662 Carrousel and Cyrano's Les Estats et Les Empires Du Soleil
I. On June 5th, 1662, a procession of monkeys, bears, nobles, and slaves, spiralled through the streets of Paris in celebration of the glory of Louis XIV. Five Quadrilles of nobles, clad as Romans, Turks, Indians, Persians, and "les Sauvages de...
Ideology, Culture and the Threat of Allegory in Chapelain's Theory of la Vraisemblance
La lecture [de l'Adonis] achevee, Chapelain dit que le sujet etait mal choisi, essentiellement vicieux, et que la fable etait conduite d'une maniere contraire aux veritables regles; mais ... qu'a l'aide d'une preface specieusement arrangee, on pourrait...
Intertextuality and Destroying the Myth of Woman in Simone De Beauvoir's Tous Les Hommes Sont Mortels
Si Montherlant avait veritablement degonfle le mythe de l'eternel feminin, il faudrait l'en feliciter: c'est en niant la Femme qu'on peut aider les femmes a s'assumer comme etres humains. --Simone de Beauvoir, Le Deuxieme Sexe (324) Simone de...
Les Terrains Vagues Des Essais: Itineraires et Intertextes
Les Terrains vagues des Essais: Itineraires et Intertextes. Mary B. McKinley. Paris: Honore Champion, 1996. 191 pp. Un aspect important de la poetique "oblique" de Montaigne a ete mis en valeur dans plusieurs etudes recentes: celui du fonctionnement...
Narcissisme et Esthetique De la Disparition Chez Jean-Philippe Toussaint(1)
Depuis la litterature surrealiste, influencee par la photographie et la peinture, ou le theatre epique de Brecht, influence par les nouvelles technologies de la radio et du cinema, on sait combien la litterature est influencee par les technologies...
Place, Memory, and Subjectivity, in Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima Mon Amour
Place possesses a manifest reality [whereas] time on the other hand possesses an obscure one, since it exists only as conceived by mind. --Simplicius, In Aristotelis Categorias Commentarium Et si l'on veut depasser l'histoire, ou meme en restant...
Reading Proust. in Search of the Wolf-Fish
Reading Proust. In Search of the Wolf-fish. Maria Paganini. Translated by Caren Litherland with Kathryn Milun. Foreword by Christie McDonald. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, "Theory and History of Literature," Vol. 84, 1994. 265 pp....
Reality, Transference and the Classroom: Ces Enfants De Ma Vie by Gabrielle Roy
Gabrielle Roy was one of the first francophone writers to receive a major French literary prize, the 1947 Prix Femina, for Bonheur d'occasion. Fifty years later, if we consider the body of secondary material her literary opus has generated, it becomes...
The Vision Thing: The Cat's Eye and the Sacred in Georges Bataille's Histoire De L'oeil
The view that Georges Bataille's narratives are an integral component of his intellectual and artistic quest is supported by many scholars.(1) Yet there has been little serious examination of this elusive thinker's fictional writings.(2) Given the...
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