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. 3, May

Changing Places: Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhard and the Question of Perspective
I. Readings of Porete: Past and Present Marguerite Porete's critics, ecclesiastical and legal authorities in the main, adamantly misread her work. They took passages out of context, fracturing the unity of her work and distorting her confessional perspective....
Claude Simon's 'L'Invitation': A Formalist Reading
In October 1986, a year after winning the Nobel Prize, Claude Simon visited the USSR on the invitation of the Kirghiz writer Chinghis Aitmatov to take part in an international forum whose purpose was "to bring together people of kindred spirit and thought...
From Poetic to Prosaic Animal Portraits: Arreola's "El Elefante." (Mexican Writer Juan Jose Arreola)
Although the present topic is somewhat limited by its close reading of a single short work, it relates to a stylistic phenomenon that is, in fact, much more pervasive in, and important to, modern Western literature than is often realized. For this reason,...
Sartre's Last Chance or What Is Unfinished Literature?
My title contains a slightly less obvious play on words than the one which is immediately apparent, since the words "Last Chance" could also be underlined or italicized. La Derniere Chance had been announced as the title of the fourth and final volume...
Sensationist Aesthetics in Francoise De Graffigny's 'Lettres D'Une Peruvienne.'
Francoise de Graffigny's Lettres d'une Peruvienne, a remarkably complex work, contains several transitions, all of which stem, I believe, from a sensationist aesthetics and which give it a multi-colored texture not unlike that of the Peruvian quipos...
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