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. 3-4, May-November

Against Recuperation: The Fictions of Art in L'oeuvre
The exact status of Zola's L'oeuvre has always been problematic. For Pissarro, it was "un livre romantique," for Edmond de Goncourt, in a no less double-edged judgment, "une bonne construction du roman vieux jeu." (1) Other early readers moved uncertainly...
A Sentimental Affair: Verite
On 29 November 1899, ten days after President Emile Loubet signed an instrument pardoning Alfred Dreyfus for a crime that no one now believed he had committed, Emile Zola shared with the readers of L'Aurore his own vision of the Dreyfus family's reunion....
Beyond the Bourse: Zola, Empire, and the Jews
Puis, apercevant du monde a sa gauche, deux hommes et une femme, il eut l'idee de les questionner. Mais, a son approche, la femme s'enfuit, les hommes l'ecarterent du geste, menacants; et il en vit d'autres, et tous l'evitaient, filaient entre les...
Books Received for 2011
Aesop. Les Fables d'Esope Phrygien. Ed. Jean Ballesdens and Bernard Teyssandier. Reims: Presses Universitaires de Reims, 2011. Anuario de Estudios Filologicos XXXIV. Caceres: Universidad de Extremadura, 2011. Arias de la Canal, Fredo. Antologia...
Everyday Ghosts: La Curee in the Shadow of the Commune
[L]e desastre revient, il serait toujours le desastre d'apres le desastre, retour silencieux, non ravageur, par oU il se dissimule. --Maurice Blanchot (1) At the conclusion of Zola's La Curee, through the eyes of its female protagonist, the reader...
Introduction: Zola, Cultural Historian Avant la Lettre?
Dans le texte de plaisir, les forces contraires ne sont plus en etat de refoulement, mais de devenir : rien n'est vraiment antagoniste, tout est pluriel. Je traverse legerement la nuit reactionnaire. Par exemple, dans Fecondite de Zola, l'ideologie...
Politics "Small P": Second Empire Machiavellianism in Zola's Son Excellence Eugene Rougon
Balzac famously wrote of La Chartreuse de Parme that Stendhal "a ecrit Le Prince moderne, le roman que Machiavel ecrirait, s'il vivait banni de l'Italie au XIXe siecle." (1) Eminent critics would challenge this reduction of the novel toits political...
The Lost Heroine of Zola's Octave Mouret Novels
Critics rarely read Pot-Bouille at all. --Marcus, Apartment Stories 169 Heterosociality In Naomi Schor's already classic account of George Sand and the roman idealiste, she describes the limits of mimesis such that realist and naturalist writing,...
Zola and Freud: Spent Energy in Therese Raquin
On 18 October 1868, several months after the publication of Therese Raquin, Zola composed an article, as part of his weekly "Causerie" in the newspaper La Tribune, on the subject of popular leisure in the Parisian suburbs. (1) The young journalist's...
Zola: Colorist, Abstractionist
Manet's pools of glossy black, Mallarme's spaces of absolute white, Whistler's liquid blues and silvers ... (1) The work of Zola's contemporaries drives the search for pure color, spurred by the desire to attenuate, abstract, or abolish the empirical...
Zola's Philosemitism: From L'argent to Verite
Scholars have spilled a great deal of ink over antisemitism, analyzing its causes and effects, its history and its politics. But very little attention has been paid to philosemitism--the defense, admiration, and love of Jews--which often accompanies...
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