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

Before Contes Du Temps Passe (1697): Charles Perrault's "Griselidis" (1691), "Souhaits Ridicules" (1693), and "Peau D'asne" (1694)
Despite a widespread assumption that Charles Perrault (1628-1703) found popular material among France's folk, that was certainly not the case with his three verse tales. For "Griselidis," "Les souhaits ridicules," and "Peau d'Asne," Perrault turned...
Books Received for 2008
Amer, Sahar. Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Anuario de Estudios Filologicos, vol. XXX. Caceres: Universidad de Extremadura, 2007. Aronsson,...
Logic of Fairies
"I fatti degli altri sono come racconti dell' Orco" G.B.Basile, Lo Cunto de li cunti, egloga 2 v.298 At some point in the history of the European fairy tale, beautiful princesses escaped from their towers and fell asleep in enchanted palaces in...
Madame d'Aulnoy Charms the British
In 1969, a graduate student at the University of Maryland wrote a potentially groundbreaking dissertation on the reception of French literature in England in the early decades of the eighteenth century. Curiously, it was not a study of Madame de Lafayette,...
Preface
Ce numero special de la Romanic Review est consacre au conte de fees litteraire francais des XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles parce que c'est a cette periode que ce genre litteraire s'est vraiment affirme comme tel et a trouve ses lettres de noblesse grace...
Proleptic Subversion: Longing for the Middle Ages in the Late Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tale
In his important analysis of the first French fairy tale vogue, Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France (1690-1715): Nostalgic Utopias, Lewis C. Seifert contends that the rise of the literary fairy tale in the early 1690s can be indirectly connected...
Telling Tales out of School: The Fairy Tale and Italian Academies
With the publication of Gianfrancesco Straparola's two-volume Le piacevoli notti in Venice in 1551-53, the European literary fairy tale was born. By including a number of fantastic tales alongside more traditional verisimilar novellas, Straparola (1480?-1557?)...
The Literary Fairy Tale of Giovan Francesco Straparola
The Piacevoli notti of Giovan Francesco Straparola, an obscure Italian writer whose descent may be traced in Caravaggio (a village nowadays in the district of Bergamo), has been rightly regarded as the European "capostipite principale dei repertori...
The Reception of Basile's Pentamerone in Germany
The name of the Neapolitan Giambattista Basile (1575-1632) is not anchored in Germany's collective memory, in contrast to the names and works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1785-1863 and 1786-1859 respectively), Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827), Ludwig Bechstein...
Women Subdued: The Abjectification and Purification of Female Characters in Perrault's Tales
Charles Perrault has been heralded by Marina Warner as "the champion of womankind, defender of old wives' wisdom (169). Joan DeJean has argued that Perrault defended the modernist position in the famous Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns by suggesting...
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