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. 87, No. 3, May

Adieu, Arthur Rimbaud: A Future for Syntax in 'Le Parti Pris Des Choses.'
"La revolution spirituelle doit se faire actuellement, dans une certaine mesure, contre Rimbaud." "Un bon texte nourrit aussi la generation contradictoire." --Francis Ponge.(*) Since its first publication in 1965, Pour un Malherbe...
Between Myth and Reference: Puig and Ionesco
What is myth? Why link it to reference? We have shown elsewhere that myth and reference are diametrically opposed to one another, given their different relationship with time.(1) Myth eschews specific spatiotemporal coordinates. As Levi-Strauss put...
Celine's 'Voyage Au Bout De la Nuit': The Nation Constructed through Storytelling
Celine's oeuvre, like those of numerous other twentieth-century writers, is strongly marked by the problematic status of the writer's fiction visa-vis his politics. For some critics, Celine's anti-semitism and his avowed fascism raise questions about...
"He Doesn't Have a Leg to Stand On": Lameness and Knowledge in 'Des Boyteux.'(Analysis of Essay by Michel Eyquem De Montaigne.)
The figure of the lame person is a troubling one in `Des boyteux.' The lame person appears relatively late in the essay. His presence is never fully explained in any straightforward way by the essayist. Especially because it occurs in an essay, like...
'Lo Cop Mortal': The Evil Eye and the Origins of Courtly Love
"There be none of the Affections, which have beene noted to fascinate, or bewitch but Love, and Envy. They both have vehement wishes; They frame themselves readily into the Eye; especially upon the presence of the Objects; which are the...
Polyphonic Narrative in Early Modern France: A Question of Literary History
The sharp distinction traditionally drawn between French Renaissance and Classical literature was based in part on the assumption that the defining genre of literary history was poetry--including verse tragedy and epic; if prose fiction is taken into...
Rereading Swann's Narrative
Critics have long recognized the Princesse de Guermantes' reception as the turning point of the hero's social ascension in A la recherche du temps perdu.(1) At the close of the evening, the hero, who had initially feared that his invitation to the...
Sartre et Michaux: Les Modes De Vie Du Corps
A defaut d'etre quelqu'un, le poete Henri Michaux a exprime le desir de n'etre personne, "rien et rien que rien"(2). Neanmoins ce desir n'a jamais ete realise dans ses oeuvres(3). J'expliquerai l'incapacite du poete a atteindre son but en faisant...
The Syntactic Panopticon and Mallarmean Resistance
In Discipline & Punish, Foucault describes discipline as a modality of power that aspires "to construct a machine whose effect will be maximized by the concerted articulation of the elementary parts of which it is composed" (164). Bentham's "Panopticon"...
Travel, Transgression, and Possession in Merimee's 'Carmen.'
"Je vais aller en Espagne, c'est-a-dire en Afrique." --Stendhal "Comment ferez-vous pour parler de l'Espagne quand vous y serez alle? " --Heine to Gautier There's more to Carmen than meets Bizet. Explications of Merimee's bestknown...
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