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. 3-4, May-November

A Letter from the Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
After six years as Editor-in-Chief of The Romanic Review, I am stepping down, having moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara, which offered an excellent opportunity for dual academic careers. When I took over The Romanic Review, it was...
Books Received for 2006
Abramson, Julia. Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005. Ahmed, Ehsan. Clement Marot: The Mirror of the Prince. Charlottesville: Rockwood Press, 2005. Alonso, Beatrice and Eliane...
Dyspepsia* as Dystopia? F.T. Marinetti's le Roi Bombance
La Grande Dypepsie eclatera tout a coup, coincidant avec le refroidissement de la terre sterile! (Quatrieme acte, p. 230) You have stripped off the old self ... and have clothed yourself with the new self (Colossians 3: 9-10) It seems...
Imagined Geographies
IMAGINED GEOGRAPHIES the walk liberating, I was released from forms, from the perpendiculars, straight lines, blocks, boxes, binds of thought into the hues, shadings, rises, flowing bends and blends of sight: I allow myself eddies...
"In Se Da Simulacro a Fiamma Vera / Errando:" Ungaretti's Poetry from Bergson to Plato
[...] tutta la mia poesia e un modo platonico di sentire le cose, ed essa ha del resto due maestri nel campo dello spirito, da una parte Platone e i Platonici, e dall'altra Bergson: sono i due maestri che mi hanno sempre accompagnato quando io ho dovuto...
Italo Calvino and Georges Perec: The Multiple and Contrasting Emotions of Cities and Puzzles
If the question of estrangement is emblematic and inescapable in the literary criticism of Italo Calvino, (1) for Georges Perec the question is that of the 'infra-ordinaire' and of the 'contrainte du reel.' (2) I will try, beginning with these two...
Laughter and the Tree of Knowledge
Mark Twain, in The Diary of Adam and Eve, tells a funny story about the expulsion of our fore parents from the Garden of Eden. It was not an apple that caused the Fall but a Chestnut. A Chestnut, asks Adam, what Chestnut? A Chestnut, Eve explains,...
"Le Miroir De L'etranger": Subjectivity in Andre Frenaud's "Le Silence De Genova"
Of all French poets of the twentieth century, the one who demonstrated the most intense interest in modern Italy--i.e. in Italy as a modern nation, with all its conflicts and contradictions--was Andre Frenaud (1907-1993). After WWII, Frenaud visited...
'Nor Do I Want Your Interpretation': Suicide, Surrealism, and the Site of Illegibility in Amelia Rosselli's Sleep
Suicide and Sleep Sleep, Amelia Rosselli's collection of English language poems, written between 1953 and 1966, presents a commentary on the poet's critical reception; or, more precisely, on being read and interpreted. It is frequently considered...
Primitive Marks of Modernity: Cultural Reconfigurations in the Franco-Italian Fin De Siecle *
"There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism" (Benjamin, Illuminations 256) From Kristeva's The crisis of the European subject to Samir Amin's critique of Eurocentrism (Eurocentrisme) or Chakrabarty's...
Staging Memory and Trauma in French and Italian Holocaust Film
Reading Memory in the French Documentary and the Italian Fiction Film The memory lapses of trauma are conjoined with the tendency compulsively to repeat, relive, be possessed by, or act out traumatic scenes of the past ... In this sense,...
Syntax and Passions. Bouhours, Vico, and the Genius of the Nation
Contemporary scholars of nationalism agree that language does not constitute a necessary and sufficient criterion of nationality any more than religion or territory. (1) They usually ascribe the belief that a national language expresses the unique...
The Italian Redemption of Cinema: Neorealism from Bazin to Godard
In 1952, the Parisian journal Films et Documents codified the "ten points of neorealism" and, with this definitive gesture, pronounced neorealism a school. (1) By contrast, Italian critics have always seemed reluctant to acknowledge neorealism as a...
The Mirror of Modernity: Marinetti's Early Criticism between Decadence and "Renaissance Latine": A "French" Poet in Italy: Marinetti and the Anthologie-Revue De France et d'Italie
While the name of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti is indissolubly tied with futurism, the movement which he founded in 1909 and of which he remained the undisputed leader, theorist and impresario until his death in 1944, his pre-futurist poetic production...
The Spirit of Translation
The greatest service we can render literature is to transport the masterpieces of the human intellect from one language to another. So few truly great works exist, and genius of any kind whatsoever is so rare a phenomenon that each modern nation would...
Translatio Galliae: Effects of Early Franco-Italian Literary Exchange
In the sixteenth century, French writers adopted Italian models, translated and plagiarized Italian works, and even wrote in the Italian language. Italy, it seemed, had introduced France to antiquity, but Italianism was seen as a disease that infected...
Translator's Introduction: "Italy in Translation"
The publication of Germaine de Stall's "De l'Esprit des traductions" in the Milanese journal Biblioteca italiana in 1816 was the most dramatic event in the saga of Italian Romanticism. The essay exhorts Italians to free themselves from their pedantic...
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