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. 88, No. 3, May

Clement Marot, Redemption, and the 'Temple De Cupido.'
The Temple de Cupido, composed between 1515 and 1520, presents the humanist birth of a cult of Cupid through the construction of a sanctuary of devotion to the profane god. Marot's poetic rendition is the work of a humanist poet whose portrayal of...
Deadly Letters: "Deus Amanz," Marie's "Prologue" to the 'Lais' and the Dangerous Nature of the Gloss
The famous "Prologue" (henceforth Pro) to Marie de France's Lais' opens with the traditional Christian admonition that one should not hide ("celer" (3)) one's talents. This admonition derives principally from patristic and medieval readings of the...
Excising the Text: Narrative Ablation in Guilleragues' 'Lettres Portugaises.'
De tous les instants de ma vie, mon ami, je souffre, je vous aime, je vous attends. --Julie de Lespinasse (Lettre XXVI)(1) Tout episode de langage qui met en scene l'absence de l'objet aime--queues qu'en soient la cause et la duree . . . tend a...
Flocons, Floconner, Floculer
Dens les pages qui suivent, a partir de quelques reflexions sur la notion de valeur, et a propos d'un texte recent d'Yves Bonnefoy (Debut et fin de la neige(1)) qui pour le moins met en scene telle notion, je m'efforce de montrer ce que la poesie peut...
"Le Dernier Coup De Pinceau": Perception and Generality in 'Le Chef-D'oeuvre Inconnu.' (Balzac)
In what amounts to a primer of holistic studies, Gregory Bateson asserts, "Science probes, it does not prove".(1) Science can only enhance certain hypotheses and discard others. The changing paradigm of what constitutes scientific knowledge is only...
Marcel Duchamp: L'art et Ses Echecs Vers la Quatrieme Dimension Poetique
Marcel Duchamp abandonne la peinture malgre la vente des trots tableaux qu'il avait presentes a l'exposition de l'Armory de New York en 1913. Parmi ceux-ci se trouvait le Nu descendant l'escalier, une toile qui fut refusee a l'exposition des Independants...
"Mener Un Discours De Maniere Qu'il S'acheve": Enjeux et Pratique De L'ecriture Dans Les Derniers Cahiers De Paul Valery
<<Achevement>>, <<derniers cahiers>> entreprise desormais hasardeuse, que de reorienter le regard dans une dimension diachronique, tent la notion de l' <<inachevement>> est entree dans les prealables principiels...
Purging Venice of Desire and Proust's Other Two Ways
The 1986 discovery of Proust's revised version of Albertine disparue has opened a continuing debate on this redaction's role in the composition of A la recherche du temps perdu. The new typewritten text corrected by the author shortly before his death...
The Nostalgia for the Subject: French Intellectual Thought of the 1980s
What has come to be characterized as the nostalgia for the subject in French intellectual life in the 1980s centers around a revisionist hermeneutic debate concerning the interpretation of the events surrounding May 1968 in France. A variety of contemporary...
Tournier Feministe? Histoires d'Eve
La litterature romanesque, pour avancer, doit reculer jusqu'aux origines. (Chawaf 109) La morale ou le pouvoir ont tonjours cherche a chatrer [notre] ambivalence, notre nature conflictuelle, animalo-humaine, notre sexe mental androgyne....
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