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. 94, No. 3-4, May-November

A Fugue of Legacies: A Meditation for Maryse Conde
Pas sa faute si elie souffrait du complexe des victimes et s'identifiait a ceux qui sont poursuivis. Maryse Conde, Histoire de la femme cannibale Comment pourrais-je oublier mon passe? dit le Juif. Non seulement il me poursuit depuis ma naissance...
Conde's Creolite in Literary History
Drawing on a wide range of theories literary history and geography, I want to consider how the Creolophone/Francophone novel and, in particular, Maryse Conde's fiction, challenge paradigms of literary evolution, narrative markets, comparative genre,...
Conde's Trials of the Spirit
In his second edition of the Essay Human on Understanding (1694), John Locke added a section on personal identity that caused numerous theological disputes. In what, Locke asked, lies that self that makes a human a person? He concluded that sameness...
Creole in Maryse Conde's Work: The Disordering of the Neo-Colonial Order?
In this essay I will address Maryse Conde's perception and definition of Guadeloupean identity through an analysis of her linguistic and sociolinguistic treatment of Guadeloupean Creole in three of her novels, La Vie scelerate (1987), Traversee de...
Crossing the Mangrove of Order and Prejudice
Traversee de la mangrove, Maryse Conde's fifth novel and her first set solely in Guadeloupe, is structured around intertwined quests that reflect the search for identity grounding much of Caribbean literature. The death of its main protagonist, Francis...
Cut-Throat or Mocking-Bird: Of Conde's Renewals
A few years ago Maryse Conde declared tongue-in-cheek: "I think I've somewhat lost the power to displease. It's something I miss." (1) Pleasing or displeasing at her own leisure, her work is by now unsurpassed in scope as a fiction monument originating...
Of Dogs and Men: La Belle Creole and the Global Subject
"Rien ne protege des morsures de cette enragee qu'est la chienne de vie" (1) It has often been noted that much of Maryse Conde's novelistic energy is spent challenging, questioning, or even mocking essentializing models of Caribbean identity. (2)...
Shattered Pasts, Fractured Selves: Trauma and Memory in Desirada
Maryse Conde's Desirada, published in 1997, chronicles the lives of three generations of women, Nina, Reynalda and Marie-Noelle Titane. The story begins shortly before 1928 with the birth of Nina in la Desirade, Guadeloupe, and ends in 1990s Boston...
Stepping outside the Magic Circle: The Critical Thought of Maryse Conde
The writings of Maryse Conde are critical to their core. Her novels dismantle the pieties of everyday life to look at what lies underneath: the fragile narcissism of subjects who erect facades of ideology and self-importance around the naked core of...
Sur Les Traces De Maryse Conde
[C]reativity is a complex process which obeys no rules ... Creative imagination goes beyond the limits of reality and soars to areas of its own choice. (1) Maryse Conde and I entered the French at Department Columbia University at the same time...
Translating Grief
In her 1993 essay, "Order, Disorder, Freedom, and the West Indian Writer," Maryse Conde takes a clear-eyed position on the creolite movement, and on its leaders' 1989 manifesto, Eloge de la creolite. (1) She criticizes, in a thoughtful tone, the "mots...
Vital Signs in the Body Politic: Eroticism and Exile in Maryse Conde and Dany Laferriere
Il n'y a pas de paroles sur l'Amour par ici.... Notre pre-litterature est de cris, de haines, de revendications, de propheties aux Aubes inevitables, d'analyseurs, de donneurs de lecons, gardiens de solutions solutionnantes aux miseres d'ici-la, et...
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