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. 3-4, May-November

Bruno Chaouat. L'Ombre Pour la Proie: Petites Apocalypses De la Vie Quotidienne
Bruno Chaouat. L'Ombre pour la proie: Petites Apocalypses de la vie quotidienne. Villeneuve d'Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012. Pp. 134. In this fascinating and challenging book, Bruno Chaouat sets out to chart a difficult terrain:...
Bruno Tribout. Les Recits De Conjuration Sous Louis XIV
Bruno Tribout. Les Recits de conjuration sous Louis XIV. Quebec: Les Presses de l'Universite Lanval, 2010. Pp. 657. Les Recits de conjuration sous Louis XIV is an ambitious study of prose narratives from the second half of the seventeenth century...
Francois Rouget. Ronsard et le Livre (II): Etude De Critique Genetique et D'histoire Litteraire, Collection Cahiers D'humanisme et Renaissance 109
Francois Rouget. Ronsard et le livre (II): Etude de critique genetique et d'histoire litteraire, Collection Cahiers d'humanisme et Renaissance 109. Geneva: Droz, 2012. Pp. 742. This fine volume, by one of the world's leading authorities on the poetry...
History, Horror, and Pleasure in Haiti and Africa
Europeens qui ne connaissez pas cet affreux systeme [de l'esclavage], qui ne pouvez meme pas en concevoir l'idee, bommes sensibles, ne pleurez pas encore sur le tableau, sur les faibles esquisses des horreurs de la traite! N'epuisez pas votre sensibilite,...
History Writing as Cultural and Political Critique, or the Difficulty of Writing the History of a (De)colonized Society
The Dividing Line of Historical Reason At the start of my career as a researcher, I had the idea that contemporary French history was also, in a certain way, the history of colonial Algeria. (1) With time, I realized that while there is, in France,...
Introduction: Special Cluster: Thinking the Postcolonial in French
This special issue of The Romanic Review collects some of the papers presented at "Thinking the Postcolonial in French: History, Politics, Literature," a conference held at the Maison Francaise of Columbia University on March 20, 2010. The objective...
La Reception D'erasme Dans Les Caracteres De la Bruyere
L'histoire de la publication des Caracteres de La Bruyere est proprement vertigineuse : des sa parution en 1688, le texte connait un tel succes que trois editions se suivent dans la meme annee--mais c'est surtout a partir de la quatrieme edition de...
Les Deux Cents Familles: A Conspiracy Theory of the Avant-Garde
1. The Attack of the Two Hundred Families This essay takes as its point of departure the invitation to the January 21, 1936, meeting of Contre-Attaque, the group founded by Georges Bataille and Andre Breton in 1935 as a reaction to the rise of fascism...
Les Ecrivains Contre L'ethnologie? Ethnographie, Ethnologie et Litterature d'Afrique et Des Antilles, 1921-1948
Done, camarade, te seront ennemis--de maniere haute, lucide et consequente--non seulement gouverneurs sadiques et prefets tortionnaires, non seulement colons flagellants et banquiers goulus [...], mais pareillement et au meme titre, [...] ethnographes...
Louisa Mackenzie. the Poetry of Place: Lyric, Landscape, and Ideology in Renaissance France
Louisa Mackenzie. The Poetry of Place: Lyric, Landscape, and Ideology in Renaissance France. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. Pp. 304. The Poetry of Place is a most excellent and welcome book, a splendid addition to the growing body of...
Luke Sunderland. Old French Narrative Cycles: Heroism between Ethics and Morality
Luke Sunderland. Old French Narrative Cycles: Heroism between Ethics and Morality, Gallica 15. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2010. Pp. xiii + 204. ISBN: 978-1-84384-220-0. Old French Narrative Cycles couples an unconventional corpus with a sophisticated...
Misogynists as Queers in le Livre De la Cite Des Dames
Christine de Pizan, in Le Livre de la Cite des Dames (1405), insinuates that misogyny is, as it were, a little queer. At the beginning of the City, Christine becomes duped into believing that women are monstrous, and, in opposition to this way of thinking,...
Nicholas D. Paige. before Fiction: The Anden Regime of the Novel
Nicholas D. Paige. Before Fiction: The Anden Regime of the Novel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. 304. Before Fiction is an innovative study of the French and English novel in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--a...
Postcolonialism in France
I offer underdemonstrated work in progress. A literary education has left me with a need to flesh out with bibliographic research what I can think. I try to earn the right to learn a broad focus by traveling to work with the ones excluded from most...
Thomas Hinton. the Conte Du Graal Cycle: Chretien De Troyes's Perceval, the Continuations, and French Arthurian Romance
Thomas Hinton. The Conte du Graal Cycle: Chretien de Troyes's Perceval, the Continuations, and French Arthurian Romance, Gallica 23. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012. Pp. 277. Thomas Hinton's monograph, the second of three to have appeared in the space...
Toward a Literary Psychoanalysis of Postcolonial Haiti: Desire, Violence, and the Mimetic Crisis in Marie Chauvets Amour
Critics of Haitian writer Marie Chauvet's controversial novel, Amour, are habitually fascinated by the destructive psychosexual complex of the novel's protagonist and first-person narrator, Claire Clamont. A sexually repressed upper-class Haitian woman...
Translating Sade: The Grove Press Editions, 1953-1968
In the last paragraph of their foreword to the 1965 Grove Press edition of The Complete Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings, the translators Richard Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse quote the marquis de Sade's wish, expressed in his...
Waging Loving War: Lucretius and the Poetry of Remy Belleau
In 1558 Joachim du Bellay completed the first translation of Lucretius into French, twenty-two lines from the beginning of De rerum natura (henceforth DRN), for a collection of ancient sources to accompany Louis Le Roy's translation of Plato's Symposium....
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