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

A Heretic in New Spain: Alberto Enriquez, Alias Brother Manuel De Quadros
Fray Manuel de Quadros's case was much talked about in the second half of the seventeenth century, when the Holy Inquisition of New Spain had returned to its "floxedad antigua" (old laziness) once the embers of the autos-da-fe that were the culmination...
Competing Codes and Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in la Princesse De Cleves
L'ambition et la galanterie etaient l'ame de cette cour, et occupaient egalement les hommes et les femmes. Il y avait tant d'interets et tant de cabales differentes, et les dames y avaient tant de part que l'amour etait toujours mele aux affaires et...
Conflict or Union in Difference: Institution, Belief, and Heresy
This essay presents the following thesis: Michel de Certeau's entire oeuvre explores the problem of belief. While this thesis might seem exaggerated to many, I begin with a statement made by Luce Giard in an interview about Certeau that was published...
Disinterring and Reinterring the Dead: Tense in French Grammars, Du Vair, and Pasquier (C. 1550-1610)
Relations between the living and the dead are negotiated through various categories of discourse, including tense. This article focuses on one particular phase--the French Renaissance--of the long history of the roles that tenses have played, and continue...
Heresies and Colonial Geopolitics
"The heretical" was much more than a dimension of religious doctrine: it played a critical role in the making of the modern world. In the seventeenth century, Spanish religious and secular bureaucrats--modernity's vanguard--fashioned institutions to...
Introduction: Examining Heretical Thought
Why return to the question of heresy? Is there something new to be said on the concept of heresy? Is it possible to rearticulate the discourse on heresy that historical, juridical, and theological studies have developed? The chapters in this volume...
Juan Ruiz and the Heterodox Naturalism of Spain
1. Introduction In 1960, Maria Rosa Lida de Malkiel wrote about Juan Ruiz: "His devotion is entirely orthodox, very respectful of the Church's organization and indulgent toward the moral weaknesses of ecclesiastics" (21). On the next page, she alludes...
Negotiating Apostasy in Vilcabamba: Titu Cusi Yupanqui Writes from the Chaupi
Vilcabamba, the infamous "last holdout" of the Incas, and home to the penultimate, semi-sovereign Inca Titu Cusi Yupanqui, had become an "other space" in the Andean cultural imaginary leading up to, and in the years after, its final capitulation to...
Of Nightmares and Whale Oil: Rabelais's Quart Livre and the Lure of Disenchantment
Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity. Adorno and Horkheimer,...
Policing the Boundaries of Masculinity in la Fille Du Comte De Pontieu
Clovis Brunel describes the medieval conte, La Fille du Comte de Pontieu, as the first French novelle (iii). Its style is a mixture of chronicle and narrative (Crow 16; Vitz 96-125) and its subject matter is the family history of the Counts of Pontieu,...
The Gnostic Imprint on Parsifal, an Illumination of Ruins
Kunstwerke sind asketisch und schamlos. (1) --Theodor W. Adorno I begin by addressing the presence of Gnosticism in Parsifal in order to confront a more general theoretical problem about how the past is staged, both its impossibility and necessity....
Thinking with the Inquisition: Heretical Science and Popular Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Mexico
Digo, que entre los libros de mi uso matematico, filologos, humanistas y otros diferentes, hay algunos que necesitan de alguna expurgacion asi en elogios de herejes, como en errores que incidentemente traen y no de proposito controvertidos ni asumptados...
Une Peinture Morale: Intertextuality in Clouzot's Les Diaboliques
Film critics and scholars never tire of comparing the work of Henri-Georges Clouzot with that of Alfred Hitchcock. Despite the tenacity of the comparison, critics rarely discuss the two directors' attitudes toward literary texts. Both adapted some...
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