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. 102, No. 1-2, January-March

Berenice Bonhomme. Claude Simon, la Passion Cinema
Berenice Bonhomme. Claude Simon, la passion cinema. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2011. Pp. 444. While a number of book-length scholarly works examine the influence of the graphic image, and of vision and visuality more...
Catherine E. Leglu. Multilingualism and Mother Tongue in Medieval French, Occitan, and Catalan Narratives
Catherine E. Leglu. Multilingualism and Mother Tongue in Medieval French, Occitan, and Catalan Narratives. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State UP, 2010. Pp. 216. Moving easily among different languages and literary genres, Prof. C. Leglu, a...
Elmire and the Erotics of the Menage a Trois in Moliere's Tartuffe
At first sight, the character of Elmire in Moliere's Tartuffe appears to have much to commend her, and modern critics and theatergoers generally warm to her: she is attractive, stylish, independent, smart, resourceful, in many ways a modern woman....
Francois Rouget. Ronsard et le Livre Etude De Critique Genetique et D'histoire Litteraire
Francois Rouget. Ronsard et le livre etude de critique genetique et d'histoire litteraire. Cahiers d'Humanisme et Renaissance 95. Geneva: Droz, 2010. Pp. 288. Francois Rigolot, ed. Clement Marot: Recueil inedit offert au connetable de Montmorency...
Genius and Decrepitude: Baudelaire Reads Chateaubriand
C'est une belle chose, mon ami, que les voyages; mais it faut avoir perdu son pere, sa mere, ses enfants, ses amis, ou n'en avoir jamais eu, pour errer par etat sur la surface du globe. [...] [Le voyageur] est sans morale, ou il est tourmente par une...
Literature and the Death of Folklore: In and around Nerval's Sylvie
"A vant d'ecrire, chaque peuple a chante." (1) With this seeming truism, A Gerard de Nerval (1808-55) opens "Les Vieilles Ballades francaises" in La Sylphide in July 1842. Nerval, a member of the Petit Cenacle where young Romantics like Theophile Gautier...
Lynn Forest-Hill. Transgressive Language in Medieval English Drama, Signs of Challenge and Change
Lynn Forest-Hill. Transgressive Language in Medieval English Drama, Signs of Challenge and Change. Aldershot--Burlington (USA)--Singapour--Sydney: Ashgate, 2000. Pp. 215. Peches de la langue : les etudes de C. Casagrande et S. Vecchio ont montre...
Marvelous Crystals, Perilous Mirrors: Le Roman De la Rose and the Discontinuity of the Romance Subject
Critics have, for some time now, highlighted the discontinuity of Guillaume de Lorris version of the Roman de la Rose. (1) Postmodern approaches have, appropriately for the first extended first-person narrative in French, focused on the psychoanalytical...
Military Fraternity and Friendship: Napoleonic Soldiers and the Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne
Introduction During the disastrous retreat of Napoleon's armies from Russia in the winter of 1812, a weary soldier trudged across a frozen bridge. His beard caked with ice and his hands numb from the cold, the old soldier had long ago abandoned...
Mireille Huchon. Rabelais
Mireille Huchon. Rabelais. Paris : Gallimard, 2011. Pp. 430. Voici un monument d'erudition. Cette biographie de Rabelais est un livre qui, pour l'amateur comme pour le specialiste, reserve un grand nombre de bonnes surprises. La gageure est pourtant...
On Letting Sleeping Blonds Lie: Gender, Leisure Literature, and the Imagination in Fontenelle
On dit de M. de Fontenelle qu'a la place du coeur, Il a un second cerveau. Charlotte-Elisabeth AissE, Lettres, 28 Les ombres, les angoisses, les Epouvantes, les fuites, les reprises, les reculs, les larmes de la princesse nous laissent entendre...
Orden Y Desorden En El Cancionero Gallego-Portugues B. Las Claves del Texto Y del Libro
I. En la transmision escrita de la lirica profana gallego-portuguesa, el humanista italiano Angelo Colocci desempeno un papel crucial, pues sus inquietudes literarias y linguisticas determinaron que, entre los anos 1525-26, mandase copiar en la...
Orgasme: Pour Une Erotique De L'or Dans Facino Cane De Balzac
J'ai pour l'or une monomanie dont la satisfaction est si necessaire a ma vie, que dans toutes les situations ou je me suis trouve, je n' ai jamais ete sans or sur moi. Je manie constamment de l'or ; jeune, je portais toujours une chaine d'or et j'avais...
Reading the Signs in Villon: Puns, Proper Names, and Implied Language Theory in the Lais
Villon's Lais quickly announces itself as the last will and testament of a poor scholar named Francois Villon, and the poem unfolds in accordance with this formal conceit: a catalogue of items the first-person narrator wishes to bequeath, and the names...
The Glorified Woman: Abstraction and Domination in le Livre Du Voir Dit
Pour que je puisse dire: cette femme, il faut que d'une maniere ou d'une autre je lui retire sa realite d'os et de chair, la rende absente et l'aneantisse. Le mot me donne l'etre, mais il me le donne prive d'etre. --Maurice Blanchot, La Part du...
The Historian's Dilemma: The Quest for Master Narrative in Prosper Merimee's "La Venus d'Ille"
Prosper Merimee's tale "La Venus d'Ille" (1837) leaves readers at an interpretative crossroads by suggesting both a rational and a supernatural explanation for a mysterious homicide. If this hesitation between competing interpretative options has often...
The Making of a Condamne: State Power and the Ritual of Trial in le Dernier Jour D'un Condamne and Claude Gueux
Ce soir on y attend quelqu'un, [...] un condamne que la cour d'assises est en train de faire a l'heure qu'il est. --Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d'un condamne, Ch. XXII In the history of the modern movement against the death penalty in France,...
The Play of Repetition and Resemblance in the Romance of the Rose
The play of repetition and resemblance in The Romance of the Rose is a pervasive dynamic that contributes to the poem's general tendency to subvert straightforward interpretations of its allegorical meaning. To date, the workings of opposition and...
The Werewolf as Mobius Strip, or Becoming Bisclavret
To gloss the story of Bisclavret (1) is to wrestle with the intractable silence of bodies and the eloquent ways in which they can be made to speak. Within the corpus of Marie de France's Lais--an enigmatically cohesive compilation, organized around...
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