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. 3, May

Catherine Pozzi: Parcours De L'initiation, Parcours Poetique
Ayant tout au long de sa vie resiste, ou du moins oppose beaucoup de reticences a la publication de sa poesie, Catherine Pozzi consentit enfin a ce que fussent reunies en une plaquette, apres sa mort, les six pieces qui constituent l'essentiel de son...
For Theory: Modernism, Intentionality and Context
1. Introduction: Modernism and the Need for an Interpretive Theory In this essay I would like to look at the way modern poetry conveys meaning, arguing that its interpretation has little to do with intentions imputed to the author, and much to do...
In the Nation's Closets: Sexual Marginality and the Itinerary of National Identity in Tahar Ben Jelloun's la Priere De L'absent
"In the modern world," wrote Benedict Anderson in 1983, "everyone can, should, will, `have' a nationality, as he or she `has' a gender ..." (5). In contrast, it has become fashionable of late to downplay the national in cultural and postcolonial studies...
Le Parcours Zolien De Jean Echenoz
L'oeuvre du romancier francais contemporain Jean Echenoz est retorse a l'analyse. Ainsi que Dominique Jullien le souligne: "Any attempt to summarize the novels would be hopeless: they offer a confusing network of murders, blackmail, and manhunt, among...
Louis Aragon and the Critical Muse
While a number of critics have analyzed Guillaume Apollinaire's influence on Andre Breton, which was extensive, his impact on the other Surrealists has received relatively little attention.(1) And yet, as J. H. Matthews observes, "l'attitude et l'oeuvre...
Madame Bovary et le Fetiche Du Langage
Ala difference de la plupart des chefs-d'oeuvre romanesques du 19eme siecle, ceux de Flaubert se pretent plutot mal aux lectures psychologiques. Meme en nous limitant a Madame Bovary, roman "realiste" exemplaire, nous serons inevitablement amenes a...
Revenge of the Novel: Roger Caillois's Literary Criticism in the Wake of the 1930s
If the 1930s can be characterized as a decade in which the fierce debates that raged throughout Europe were reproduced in the imaginative prose of the French literary establishment, discord over the rhetoric and aesthetics of such literary engagement...
The Genesis of Jewish Swann
In the avant-textes relating Charles Swann's visits to the house in Combray, Swann's Jewishness and Jewish origins are much more explicitly indicated than in the published version of Du Cote de chez Swann. Several additions to the early manuscripts...
The Uses of Aberrant Literacy: Delisle De Sales and a "Manuscript" of Plato
Marginal figures of the Enlightenment not only project their own negative transparencies but, like those of any period, help us see the period as a whole, warts and all. If nothing of the polymathic "philosophe" Delisle de Sales(1) had survived but...
"Une Charogne" or Les Amours Decomposed: Corpse, Corpora and Corpus
Ces petits corps qui tombent de travers Par leur descente en biais vagabonde, Heurtes ensemble ont compose le monde, S'entr'accrochant de liens tous divers. (Pierre de Ronsard, Amours de Cassandre, XXXVII, v. 1-4) Part of the dubious legacy nineteenth-century...
Victor Hugo's Politics and Aesthetics of Race in Bug-Jargal
In March of 1818, Victor Hugo published the first installment of a short story in his Conservateur Litteraire; this story was taken up again and greatly amplified seven years later, republished anonymously as the novel Bug-Jargal. Five years later,...
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