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. 97, No. 2, March

Metaphors of Modernity: Prostitutes, Bankers, and Other Jews in Balzac's Splendeurs et Miseres Des Courtisanes
Why are the brothels of modern French literature filled with Jewish prostitutes? From Vanda in Huysmans's A Rebours, "qui remplissait chez Madame Laure l'indispensable role de la belle Juive" (119), to Rachel in Maupassant's "Mademoiselle Fifi," who...
Strangely Familiar: The Uncanny Poetics of Giovanni Pascoli
"Siamo sette" Vidi una cara contadinella, ch'aveva ott'anni, come mi disse bionda, ricciuta, bella, assai bella con le due grandi pupille tisse. Presso il cancello stava. Ed io; "Figlia, quanti tra bimbi, siete, e bimbette?" chiesi. Con atto di...
The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name: Displacing and Silencing the Shame of Adultery in le Chevalier De la Charrete
For some, Lancelot, the hero of Chretien de Troy's Chevalier de la Charrete, is a noble lover, a fin amant performing deeds of valor inspired by his amour courtois, (1) but for many other readers, including some of the earliest, Lancelot is an adulterer...
The Open Secret: Hiding and Revealing Sexuality in the Roman De Moeurs (1880-1905)
Michel Foucault distinguished famously in the first volume of his History of Sexuality between ars erotica as an initiatory art of pleasure, and scientia sexualis as an order of knowledge that makes of sexuality an underlying universal truth. (1) His...
Theorizing the Haitian Fragment and Fragmenting Caribbeanist Theory in Emile Ollivier's Passages
In a critical domain that privileges and promotes hybridity, metissage, and creolization as favored models of contemporary identity, the Caribbean subject finds itself thrown center stage, paraded before the world as the ideal postmodern being. A brutal,...
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