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. 93, No. 3, May

Figures of Scandal in the Later Narratives of Marguerite Duras
If Duras' writing has always addressed key existential questions, it has also shown a noticeable trend over the decades away from its earlier preoccupation with social mores and towards the exploration of metaphysical questions, central among which...
Fixing the Gaze: Jean Cocteau's la Belle et la Bete
C'est tres dur d'etre devant et derriere la camera. (Entretiens sur le cinematographe) Cegeste Ne vous obstinez pas, un peintre fait toujours son propre portrait. (Le Testament d'Orphee) Bien sur que les ouvres se font toutes seules. Qu'elles...
L'etat, E'est L'autre: Passion, Politics, and Alterity in Senault and Racine
In seventeenth-century France, the relationship between the passions and politics receives its fullest didactic treatment in the theoretical works of Jean-Francois Senault (1599-1672) and forms the crux of the theatrical works of Jean Racine (1639-1699)....
"Penser 'Cette Chambre' Ou Penser 'Univers'": Valery and the Universe of the Room
"Je veux decrire cette chambre ou je suis" (C, IV, 264) One of Valery's earliest poems, written around 1888 as a seventeen-year old student in Montpellier and bearing the name of the collection of prose poems, Une chambre conjecturale, evokes...
Woman-Hating in Marie De France's Bisclavret (1)
Love is never easy for Marie de France's protagonists. All twelve of her lays feature a man and a woman in troubled love, and these amorous pairs are strained or destroyed by one or more of the following intrusive elements: a lie, a deception, or...
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