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. 85, No. 1, January

Ellipse et Reduplication: L'obsession Du Vide Chez Patrick Modiano
Oscillant entre une modernite difficile a cerner et un classicisme teinte de nostalgie, entre le reperable etl'onirique, l'art romanesque de Patrick Modiano, celui des premieres annees surtout, entame, afin de les conjurer, un dialogue avec les spectres...
Interpreting 'La Peste.' (by Albert Camus, 1947)
Tout va etre sens dessus dessous. (La Peste, p. 1285)(1) I In the introduction to a collection of articles devoted to La Peste published in 1977, Brian Fitch described the novel as "le texte romanesque de Camus qui a le moins retenu l'attention...
Reading the 'Rose:' Literacy and the Presentation of the 'Roman De la Rose' in Medieval Manuscripts
In The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries, Brian Stock grapples with the thorny problem of defining literacy.(1) Although most of us think of it as the ability to read and write,...
The Anthropological Turn in Poetry from Rimbaud to Leiris
The argument of this paper is threefold. First, to the extent that Western poetry since the pre-Socratics discourses on human affairs, this discourse combines philosophical insights with perceptions of an everyday world in terms of primary spatial...
The Law of the Mother: Proust and Madame De Sevigne
We learn through other examples which psychoanalysis has brought to light that the pressing desire in the unconscious for some irreplaceable thing often resolves itself into an endless series in actuality--endless for the very reason that the satisfaction...
Translation, Theft, and 'Li Jeus De Saint Nicolai.' (by Jehan Bodel)
Jehan Bodel's radically secular play, Li Jeus de Saint Nicolai, opens with a 114-line prologue recited by a Preacher.(1) The predominantly spiritual ideology that informs this prologue is in no way remarkable: all but a handful of its lines narrate...
'Volupte': Recit D'un Crime
L'essai suivant est ne d'une disproportion, voire d'une contradiction. Disproportion entre l'inconsequence relative d'un crime avoue, la volupte, et le remords immodere qui en resulte. Contradiction puisque Sainte-Beuve se hate de dire lui-meme qu'il...
Zazie in Wonderland: Queneau's Reply to the Realist Novel
The modern novel may never have had any greater enemy than the concept of reference. After a century dominated by the realist tradition--Stendhal's "roman: c'est un miroir qu'on promene le long d'un chemin"(1)--naturalism had became a constraint to...
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