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. 4, November

A Storied Life and a Lived Story: Writing Oneself in Montaigne's Essais
When Montaigne recasts a story borrowed from antiquity or from medieval sources, he reshapes the anecdote to include many of the distinguishing characteristics of contemporary brief narrative tales, so popular in his time: concise mention of geographic...
De L'oralite Au Roman: Sarraounia Ou la Reine Contre l'Empire
"Le temps n'est pas encore venu de parler. D'autres s'en chargeront un jour. Vous peut-etre ..." p.178. L'Empire triomphant. Vers la fin du XIXeme siecle la France a lance la Mission Afrique Centrale dans le but d'arreter la marche de Rabbat,...
Fictional Evil and the Reader's Seduction: Rabelais's Creations of "L'esprit Maling"
Among other readers of Francois Rabelais, Robert Griffin and M. A. Screech have written convincingly on the subject of evil and the Devil, and especially on the moral and religious meaning of evil, as it helps to shed light on the enigmatic yet...
Parody and Metaphysics: Le Coup Du "Livre"
Difficult or ludicrous as it may seem to attempt to perform it, Un coup de des presents itself to the reader as a "partition"--a musical score. The self-effacing preface of the Cosmopolis edition explicitly invites us not only to contemplate and...
Poetry and Power: Theophile's "Franchise" and the Limits of Clientage, 1621-1623
In 1623, Theophile de Viau is burned in effigy, then arrested and imprisoned on charges of lese-majeste divine. The catalyst for this persecution is a sonnet on the first page of the Parnasse Satryique, an anthology of bawdy poems. The sonnet begins:...
The Devil's Advocate: Baudelaire's Cat as the Daimon of Erotic Mysticism in Les Fleurs Du Mal
The cat is for Charles Baudelaire, the poet of Les Fleurs du mal, both a sign and a symbol. In Michael Riffaterre's analysis of the poem "Les Chats," he isolates both meanings, the cat as the living sign of an erotic relationship (Riffaterre 226)...
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