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. 3-4, May-November

A la (Vaine) Recherche Du Belitre Inconnu. Quelques Aspects De la Fonction-Auteur Au XVIIIE Siecle
Nous ne faisons que des chansons, Pauvres belitres que nous sommes. On nous maltraite en cent facons, Nous ne faisons que des chansons. En verite, nous mene-t-on Comme l'on doit mener les hommes? Nous ne faisons que des chansons,...
Albert Russell Ascoli. A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance
Albert Russell Ascoli. A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance. New York: Fordham UP, 2011. Pp. 384. Like Alexander Pope's Essay on Man, Albert Ascoli's illuminating essays on Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli,...
Alison James. Constraining Chance-Georges Perec and the Oulipo
Alison James. Constraining Chance--Georges Perec and the Oulipo. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2009. Pp. 312. In France the work of Georges Perec is the object of enormous research. According to SUDOC (Systeme Universitaire de Documentation) Perec's...
Anthony J. Cascardi. Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics
Anthony J. Cascardi. Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2012. Pp. 351. In this fascinating recent book, Anthony J. Cascardi argues that the novelist and playwright Miguel de Cervantes was a political thinker...
"Authorial Poverty" and Transformations in Readership in the Late Eighteenth Century: The Case of Nicolas-Joseph-Florent Gilbert
Rebuking Voltaire in a chapter called "Misere des auteurs" from the Tableau de Paris for "bitterly mocking, in Le Pauvre diable, indigent writers," Louis-Sebastien Mercier articulates a stark shift in eighteenth-century representations of authorial...
Authors Present and the Experience of the Past
Since the so-called cultural turn in literary studies in the United States, the exploration of the literary field in the wake of the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's work in France, and the growing impulse to contextualize literature by relating its texts...
Books Received for 2012
Allemand, Roger-Michel, and Christian Milat, eds. Alain Robbe-Grillet: balises pour le XXIe siecle. Ottawa: Presses de l'Universite d'Ottawa, 2010. Andreini, Giovanni Battista. Love in the Mirror. Trans. Jon R. Snyder. Toronto: CRRS, 2009. Antognini,...
Carrie Noland. Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture
Carrie Noland. Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2009. Pp. 264. Carrie Noland's Agency and Embodiment- Performing Gestures/Producing Culture examines the question of how human agency persists...
Christelle Reggiani. L'Eternel et L'ephemere: Temporalites Dans L'oeuvre De Georges Perec
Christelle Reggiani. L'Eternel et l'ephemere: Temporalites dans l'oeuvre de Georges Perec. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Pp. 203. "Je cherche en meme temps l'eternel et l'ephemere." This line, which Georges Perec claimed was "peut-etre celle que j'aime...
Collaboration and Authorship in Eighteenth-Century French Theater
Theatrical collaboration often described in morbid terms in the eighteenth century. In Alexis Piron's Le Facheux Veuvage (1725) the poet Abok and the musician Abak jointly sired a son ("Il se nommait Opera") who promptly died, and each blames the other...
Colonial Connections: Authorship, Paternity, and Posterity in a Global Market
Debating with the sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet the role played by posterity in artistic creation, Denis Diderot compares the relationship between an artist and his work to that of a father and his child. In both cases, he asserts, an unbreakable...
Confession Publique et Confession Secrete Chez Prevost
Durant toute l'epoque romantique, l'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut est apparue comme une histoire vraie, une aventure personnelle de l'auteur (1). La confusion entre l'auteur et le personnage s'imposait a tous les lecteurs comine...
From Anonymity to Autobiography: MME d'Arconville's Self-Fashionings
Over the course of a publishing career that extended from the mid-1750s to the early 1780s, Marie-Genevieve-Charlotte Darlus, presidente Thiroux d'Arconville (1720-1805), manifested exceptional intellectual range and versatility. She published literary...
Jean d'Abondance. le Gouvert D'humanite
Jean d'Abondance. Le Gouvert d'humanite. Edition critique par Xavier Leroux. Paris : Honore Champion (<< Babelania >> 13), 2011. Pp. 29. Le Gouvert d'humanite a xi personnages est une piece de theatre allegorique de la premiere moitie...
"Je Suis Auteur": Mme Galien and the Status of Women's Authorship in Early Eighteenth-Century France
In Madame Galien's preface to her Apologie des dames appuyee sur l'histoire, (1) the author describes the path she has traveled in coming to think of herself as an author. She speculates on what exactly constitutes a writer with the status and public...
La Consecration Academique Confisquee, 2 :L'abbe D'olivet et Les Contradictions De L'academie Francaise
Pour decrire la condition des ecrivains, il faut a la fois retracer leurs <<biographies sociales d'auteurs>> (2) et les situer dans l'ensemble de la vie litteraire et sociale de leur temps (donc, pour les periodes ou ce type d'analyse est...
Larry E Norman. the Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France
Larry E Norman. The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2011. Pp. 296. Troubling received notions is one of the goals of scholarly inquiry, and that is what the seventeenth-century specialist...
L'encyclopedie et le Nom D'auteur
Pour qui s'interroge sur 1'<<auteur>> dans le contexte de la pensee du XVIIIe siecle, l'Encyclopedie constitue un objet incontournable: d'abord parce que l'on y trouve des articles importants, souvent commentes (tels les fameux <<Ecrivain,...
Mademoiselle De Lespinasse's Hand
After the death of the author, what remains? For Roland Barthes, who pronounced him dead in 1968, there was a hand: the faceless, voiceless hand of the anonymous scripteur. This hand performs the task of burying the author and then, "detachee de toute...
Parresia, Persiflage, Falsification: Le Vanini De Voltaire
Dans l'article << Atheisme >> du Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire fait un sort singulier a Giulio Cesare Vanini, le philosophe execute sur le bucher comme << athee et blasphemateur du nom de Dieu >> par le Parlement de Toulouse...
Private Writer and Public Author: Authorship and Audiences in Rousseau's Confessions
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was very critical of his publics, especially when it came to the power play, networking, and trade in intimacy that informed the role of the philosophes and hommes de lettres of salon culture. (1) And indeed, his Confessions can...
Roxana Recio, Ed.: Los Trionfi De Petrarca Comentados En Catalan: Una Edicion De Los Manuscritos 534 De la Biblioteca Nacional De Paris Y del Ateneu De Barcelona
Roxana Recio, ed. Los Trionfi de Petrarca comentados en catalan: Una edicion de los manuscritos 534 de la Biblioteca Nacional de Paris y del Ateneu de Barcelona. Chapel Hill: North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 2009. Pp....
The Author as Colonial Exile: "Mon Odyssee"
The revolution in France's colony of Saint-Domingue that began in 1791 led to the first complete abolition of slavery in 1793-1794 and to the creation, in 1804, of the independent black nation of Haiti. It also gave birth to a new kind of author: the...
The Library of the Disaster
Be severe as the time that flies; be inexorable as posterity. Louis-Sebastien Mercier, The Year 2440 The death of the author is a persistent preoccupation of literature. As a projective exercise, literature is a willing toward the future, and...
The Selfless Author: Voltaire's Apocrypha
La condition d'un homme de lettres ressemble a celle de l'ane du public, chacun le charge a sa volonte, et il faut que le pauvre animal porte tout. Lancez la fleche sans montrer la main. (1) --Voltaire We are familiar with the idea that the...
Un Auteur Paradoxal: Singularite et Exemplarite De la Carriere De Rousseau
Ecrire, c'est entrer en scene --Paul Valery On assiste durant la seconde moitie du dix-huitieme siecle a un changement profond dans le statut des ecrivains, tant dans les procedures de legitimation de leurs livres, que dans la reception de leurs...
Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings
Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings. Edited by Marija Dalbello and Mary Shaw. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2011. Pp. 356. Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings is an important collection of essays on "the visibility of language and...
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