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. 3, May

Aesthetics of Blankness: Political Imagination in Marguerite Duras's Hybrid Narratives
Il y aurait une ecriture du non-ecrit. Un jour ca arrivera. Une ecriture breve, sans grammaire, une ecriture de mots seuls. Des mots sans grammaire de soutien. Egare. La, ecrits. Et quittes aussitot. Marguerite Duras, Ecrire In an interview with...
"Au Feu De Ce Qui Fut Brule Ce Qui Sera": Louis Aragon and the Subversive Medieval
Louis Aragon was one of France's most prolific, prominent, and controversial modern poets, causing strong reactions even among those he supported. As a novelist, a poet, ah art critic, a member of the surrealist movement and the French Resistance,...
Camus's Skeptical Trial: From la Mort Heureuse to L'Etranger
Ni oui ni non, le langage est seulement une machine a fabriquer du doute. (1) The publication in 1994 of Camus's final, unfinished novel, Le Premier Homme prompted a renewal of interest in his work, and particularly in his relationship to Algeria....
De Traversee De la Mangrove a Histoire De la Femme Cannibale: L'art Comme Arme Miraculeuse Chez Maryse Conde
L'un des sulets frequemment abordes par Maryse Conde dans ses oeuvres de fiction est celui de la creation litteraire et artistique. Ainsi nombre de ses textes (La Vie scelerate, Les Derniers rois mages, Traversee de la mangrove, La Belle Creole, Histoire...
Garcia Marquez's Journalism and the Gestation of El Otono del Patriarca
In his well-known extended interview with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, published in 1982, Gabriel Garcia Marquez affirmed what Mario Vargas Llosa had already observed ten years earlier: all of his writing can, in a sense, be considered part of one large...
La Maladie Mortelle : Le Neveu De Wittgenstein De Thomas Bernhard et a L'ami Qui Me M'a Pas Sauve la Vie D'herve Guibert
<< Je doute que pareille douleur << ameliore >> -mais je sais qu'elle nous approfondit >>. Nietzsche, Le Gai Savoir La maladie mortelle fournit a la litterature un motif par essence tragique. Elle n apparait pas comme...
« le Mystere Dans Les Lettres »: Pragmatiques Oulipiennes Du Secret
Tout ecrit, exterieurement a son tresor, doit, par egard envers ceux dont il emprunte, apres tout, pour un objet autre, le langage, presenter, avec les mots, un sens meme indifferent : on gagne de detourner l'oisif, charme que rien ne l'y...
La Vie Sexuelle De Catherine M.: A Case of Personal Truth or Creative Dare?
In the last twenty years, France has witnessed a noticeable, and indeed much noticed, rapid expansion of sexually explicit material that has now been assimilated into mainstream culture. Much has also been said and written about the emphasis on immediate...
Marc Auge's Theoretical Fictions
Among social-scientific analyses of how individuals interact with the spreading topographies of the contemporary built environment, ethnologist Marc Auge's writings on present-day architectural and technological spaces and networks have been taken...
Rhythms, History, and Memory in Edouard Glissant's le Quatrieme Siecle
The past, to which we were subjected, which has not yet emerged as history for us, is, however, obsessively present. (Glissant, Caribbean Discourse 63) Tell me the past, Papa Longoue! What is the past? (Glissant, Le Quatrieme siecle 15) ...
Silence, Talk, and Voice in the Ritual Encounter: Francois Bon's L'Enterrement and Laurent Mauvignier's Loin D'eux
In Loin d'eux and L'Enterrement, Laurent Mauvignier and Francois Bon offer ostensibly quite different treatments of the same basic subject: the suicide of a young man and its aftermath. Loin d'eux has a three-part structure, each section of the novel...
The "Debris of Experience": The Cinema of Marcel Proust and Raoul Ruiz
As the last and most theoretical volume of Marcel Proust's novel A la recherche du temps perdu, Le Temps retrouve would appear to be a very unlikely source of inspiration for a major motion picture. In almost every possible way it resists an adaptation...
The Exemplary Chaim Rumkowski in Primo Levi's "La Zona Grigia"
In his essay "A Definition of the Esthetic Experience," Eliseo Vivas offers this description of the signifying effect of art on the perceiving mind: "An esthetic experience is an experience of rapt attention which involves the intransitive apprehension...
"Tutto E Zuppa!": Making the Superego Enjoy in Calvino's Il Cavaliere Inesistente
The Hollow Epic Il cavaliere inesistente [The Nonexistent Knight] tells the story of Agilulfo, one of the Emperor Charlemagne's most dedicated knights. He is scrupulous in all things, from the procedures and rules governing combat to the polishing...
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