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. 101, No. 4, November

Alchimies Visuelles Dans Les Contes De Theophile Gautier
Lorsqu,en 1831, dans le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu de Balzac, le personnage du peintre Frenhofer affirme : << La mission de 1 art n est pas de copier la nature mais de l'exprimer ! Tu n'es pas un vil copiste, mais un poete ! >> (Balzac, 1979,...
Au Coeur De L'esthetique Baudelairienne : « Thyrse et Caducee »
Sur la page de titre de l'edition originale,des Les Fleurs du mal, on peut voir le symbole du caducee entoure de 1 expression latine << CONCORDIAE FRUCTUS >>--le fruit de la concorde. Ce symbole etant inscrit sur la premiere page du principal...
Books Received for 2010
Akbari, Suzanne Conklin, and Amilcare A. Iannuci, eds. Marco Polo and the Encounters of East and West. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008. Allegretto, Manuela. Lacan e L'amore cortese. Rome: Carocci editore, 2008. Allemand, Roger-Michel, and Christian...
Emma versus the Proprieties: Censorship, Self-Censorship, and Revision in Madame Bovary
In a letter written just before the last installment of Madame Bovary in the Revue de Paris, Flaubert remarked that [...] la morale de l'Art consiste dans sa beaute meme, et j'estime par-dessus tout d'abord le style, et ensuite le Vrai. Je crois...
Gui De Mori: Misogyne Ou Allie De Christine De Pizan?
Misogynie et Moyen Age Les approches foucaldienne et feministe On a beaucoup ecrit sur le theme de la misogynie au Moyen Age, mais on ne s'est peut-etre pas suffisamment demande s'il est legitime d'employer ce mot pour parler d'une epoque qui...
Il Berta E Milon E Il Rolandin del Codice Marciano XIII: Un'analisi del Testo E Il Problema Della Nascita Di Rolando
La tradizione del "peche de Charlemagne," secondo la quale Carlomagno avrebbe generato un figlio (Rolando / Orlando) tramite un rapporto incestuoso con la sorella, (1) affonda le proprie radici nella letteratura latina e volgare di Francia fin dal...
"Le Vain Bastiment": Human Systems and Philosophy in Montaigne's Apologie De Raimond Sebond
Michel de Montaigne as a philosopher is often reduced to helping revive and popularize Pyrrhonism; by extending skeptical tendencies into a crisis affecting all knowledge, he influenced Descartes and founded "an important intellectual movement that...
Maupassant and the Limits of the Self
In 2007 appeared the world's first wiki novel, so called because it was generated by inviting Internet users to contribute text through the same process of iterative online edits popularized by Wikipedia. The results are uneven at best) Time will tell...
Praising the Past: Novelty and Nostalgia in Machiavelli, Castiglione, and Montaigne
One of the commonplaces that the Renaissance inherited from antiquity was the idea, usually formulated as a complaint, that humans have a natural tendency to praise the past and blame the present. This topos raises some interesting questions about...
Rire et Satire a L'aube Des Guerres Civiles : L'exemple Des Satyres Chrestiennes De la Cuisine Papale
Les Satyres chrestiennes de la cuisine papale, publiees en 1560, sont sans doute le premier grand texte consacre a la polemique entre catholiques et reformes a l'aube des guerres civiles qui allaient bientot ravager la France. Elles demeurent pourtant...
The Broken Mirror: Reflections of Nietzsche in Unamunian Views of Art and the Imagination
A long with Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche has long been reckoned among the most predominant of philosophical influences on the Spanish "Generation of 1898." This view bas been supported by critics (Pedro Ribas, Gonzalo Sobejano, Iris Zavala)...
The Furniture of Narrative in Crebillon's le Sopha and Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses
My argument begins with a fashionable item of eighteenth-century furniture. The canape a confidents, or confidente, was a sofa with two extra seats attached at the ends (fig. 1). These were the confidents, by analogy with the "minor characters"--ladies-in-waiting,...
The Naked Philosophe and the Shameless Prussian: Diderot's Portrait Sitting
In one of the most intriguing passages of his Salon of 1767, Denis Diderot recounts at length his dealings with the Prussian-Polish painter Anna-Dorothea Lisiewska-Therbusch. Recently arrived in Paris, she had gained a solid reputation as a portrait...
The Problem of Names and Subjectivity in Corneille's Rodogune
Imprisoned in the Bastille, Voltaire's Ingenu is introduced by his cellmate to French theater. After Racine's Iphigenie, Phedre, Andromaque, and Athalie have sent the young Huron into tearful rapture, the Jansenist recommends another tragedy: "Lisez...
Wait and See: The Ignorant Fairies of Marie De France and Ferzan Ozpetek
This essay is about things that are hard to see. It is, moreover, concerned with what it might mean to wait for them, to take time to see them; what it might mean, conversely, to take time to appear; and how taking time, in this sense, might also be...
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