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

Alceste at the Print Shop: Publication and Authorship in Moliere's le Misanthrope
In the stormy first scene of Le Misanthrope, Alceste announces in comically grandiose fashion his intention to "rompre en visiere a tout le Genre Humain" (1: 651). (1) The play must indeed lend itself to themes of rupture, since prominent critics have...
A Tribute to Winthrop H. Rice
I read with singular interest the Romanic Review's centennial special issue, (1) whose contributors weave an unflinchingly clear-eyed tale of the journal from its inception, when Columbia University was the seeming epicenter of French Studies in the...
Bisclavret and the Subject of Torture
I dream that I am the wolf [that] Bramond is looking for. 1 can see him shooting at me to kill me, and I can't speak to him and tell him that I am not a wolf. Oh, it is awful when you want to talk and can't! --Guy Endore, The Werewolf of Paris (1933)...
Erec R. Koch. the Aesthetic Body: Passion, Sensibility, and Corporeality in Seventeenth-Century France
Erec R. Koch. The Aesthetic Body: Passion, Sensibility, and Corporeality in Seventeenth-Century France. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2008. Pp. 390. The title of Erec R. Koch's stimulating and erudite work puts the problem front and...
Hacia Una Teoria De la Satira Gallegoportuguesa Y Su Posible Duplicidad Generica
Uno de los aspectos mas controvertidos, aun hoy en dia, de la lirica gallegoportuguesa lo constituye la debatida existencia de dos generos satiricos, las cantigas de escarnio y las de maldecir. Aun cuando los propios testimonios trovadorescos muestran...
Jacques Bellot. the French Method. la Methode Francaise
Jacques Bellot. The French Method. La Methode francaise [Susan Baddeley ed. et trad.]. Paris : Editions Classiques Garnier, 2010. Pp. 440. [Collection Textes de la Renaissance 148] Jean-Pierre Camus. Les Euenemens singuliers [Max Vernet ed.]. Paris...
Laughing Matter(s): Politics and Poetics of the (Utopian) Body in Rimbaud's Les Effares
Mon corps, cette forme pensive ... Valery Le fait du corps ... "C'est epatant comme ca a du chien," writes Rimbaud on 25 August 1870, just as Prussian forces were approaching Charlesville-Mezieres and a few short days before the poet would...
Madeline Pampel. Francis Ponge et Eugene De Kermadec, Histoire D'un Compagnonnage
Madeline Pampel. Francis Ponge et Eugene de Kermadec, histoire d'un compagnonnage. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2011. Pp. 248. This book documents the friendship and eventual collaboration between Francis Ponge and the...
Nathan Bracher. after the Fall: War and Occupation in Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise
Nathan Bracher. After the Fall: War and Occupation in Irene Nemirovsky's Suite francaise. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2010. Pp.268. There is a legend about Irene Nemirovsky's Suite francaise. The manuscript, the legend...
Nicholas White. French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War
Nicholas White. French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War. London: Legenda, 2012. Pp. 205. When divorce was made legal again in France in 1884, after a hiatus of nearly seven decades, the consequences were social, historical,...
Nigel Bryant, Trans. the Medieval Romance of Alexander: Jehan Wauquelin's the Deeds and Conquests of Alexander the Great
Nigel Bryant, trans. The Medieval Romance of Alexander: Jehan Wauquelin's The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander the Great. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer, 2012. Pp. 306. Apres la traduction un peu allegee grace a certaines...
Pinget Queer
Translated by Maria O'Sullivan This article proposes a rereading of Robert Pinget's work as seen through the prism of his homosexuality, a proposal that will sound at once both obvious and surprising. For readers of Pinget it will indeed be obvious....
The Asylum of Nonsense: Antonin Artaud's Translation of Lewis Carroll
One of the problems inherent in reading and writing about Artaud's work is being faced with the profound inadequacy of one's language. Artaud's writing confronts us with reams of vitriolic pronouncements against the ability of language to express thought;...
Violence, Revenge, and the Stakes of Writing during the French Civil Wars: Simon Belyard's le Guysien
When Henri III had the Guise brothers killed, mutilated, and cremated and then disposed of their ashes in the River Loire, the factional violence of the French Civil Wars reached new heights. After the brothers' deaths, one a duke and the other a cardinal,...
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