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. 105, No. 3-4, May-November

Ann Jefferson. Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses
Ann Jefferson. Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015. Pp. 288. Few words are as illicit, in literary scholarship of the last several decades at least, as genius; its very presence dates a piece of writing as surely...
Aude Deruelle et Jean-Marie Roulin, Dir. Les Romans De la Revolution (1790-1912)
Aude Deruelle et Jean-Marie Roulin, dir. Les Romans de la Revolution (1790-1912). Paris: Armand Colin, 2014. Pp. 432. << La Revolution francaise, bouleversement politique, social et culturel majeur >>, ecrivent Aude Deruelle et Jean-Marie...
Books Received for 2013-2014
Andrews, Jean, and Isabel Torres, eds. Spanish Golden Age Poetry in Motion: The Dynamics of Creation and Conversation. Rochester: Tamesis, 2014. Arias de la Canal, Fredo. Antologia de la poesia oral-traumatica y cosmica de Juan Ruiz de Torres. Mexico...
Bucolic Influence: Marot's Gallic Pastoral and Maurice Sceve's Arion
On November 13, 1536, in response to the opportunistic impetus of Lyonnais poet Maurice Sceve (ca. 1501-1564) and Renaissance venturer/editor Etienne Dolet (1509-1546), publisher Francois Juste released his Recueil de vers latins, et vulgaires de plusieurs...
Choices: Beckett's Way
Non, je ne me suis jamais quitte, libre, voila, je ne sais pas ce que ca veut dire mais c'est le mot que j'entends employer, libre de quoi faire, de ne rien faire, de savoir, mais quoi, les lois de la conscience peut-etre, de ma conscience. "Ne...
Don't Trust the Author: Suspect Texts in Edouard Glissant's Tout-Monde
Edouard Glissant's Tout-monde is a text that challenges traditional conceptions of the novelistic genre. Glissant freely admitted to the book's transgressive qualities, remarking in an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur shortly after the work's publication...
Fallen Nation, Fallen Women: Disaster and Prostitution in Makenzy Orcel's Les Immortelles
One of the striking features of Haitian fiction written since the 2010 earthquake has been the rise of the theme of prostitution and sexuality, including homosexuality. This tendency is most pronounced in works written directly about the earthquake,...
Gilberte Relit la Recherche
Albertine Simonet survient dans la Recherche proustienne comme par enchantement, nee de la plage et de la digue de mer. Elle va ensuite s'installer en texte mais tout en restant le personnage epiphanique qu'elle fut initialement. Partant de quoi, elle...
Kairos and the Pascalian Model of Time and History
Jesus said to them, "My time [kairos] has not yet come, but your time [kairos] is always here." --John 7.6, New Revised Standard Version Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what...
« J'ai Perdu le Temps Retrouve » Ou Ce Que Proust Fait a Ses Relecteurs
Le 11 janvier 2013, j'adressai par email a deux cents << grands lecteurs >> francais (ecrivains, editeurs, universitaires, critiques, libraires, bibliothecaires, traducteurs, comediens), un questionnaire sur le phenomene de la relecture...
"Les Lignes Vaines et Solitaires De Mon Ecriture": "Word" and "World" in Proust's Recherche
[Gilberte] me passait une balle; et comme le philosophe idealiste dont le corps tient compte du monde exterieur a la realite duquel son intelligence ne croit pas, le meme moi qui m'avait fait la saluer avant que je l'eusse identifiee, s'empressait...
Lusting after the Louvre Hermaphrodite: Medical Discourse and Androgyny in Gautier's Mademoiselle De Maupin and Its Popular Predecessors
Nineteenth-century France was so enamored of androgyny that the hermaphrodite sculpture installed in the Louvre in 1807 had to be protected from "visitors' caresses" with a barrier. (1) A perennial admirer of the sculpture, Theophile Gautier composed...
Mallarme's Socratic Monologues
Since the 1880s, when numerous studies of Stephane Mallarme began to appear, interpreters have taken him to stand for different and sometimes even opposite values. He might be a lucid teacher or a mystifying charlatan, a byzantine elitist or a socially...
Michael Call. the Would-Be Author: Moliere and the Comedy of Print
Michael Call. The Would-Be Author: Moliere and the Comedy of Print. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2015. Pp. 294. In the introduction to his remarkably subtle and learned study, Michael Call states that his goal is to find an answer to a single question:...
Proust Reread: Editor's Introduction
Marcel Proust and Columbia University have a long history together. Columbia was the first university in the world where his works were taught--during the author's lifetime and following his advice. As Antoine Compagnon recounts in Le Cas Bernard Fay,...
Proust Resistant
Cette reflexion prend pour origine un recent constat : Proust serait-il en train de passer de mode ? C'est ce que croit Pierre Nora, qui a le sentiment que la fortune de Proust a atteint son point d'acme et que l'influence de son oeuvre n'aura desormais...
Proust's Mexican Stocks
Few people around him knew that Marcel Proust had developed a passion for investing and that he spent considerable time and energy trading Latin American stocks. (1) After the death of his parents--his mother died in 1905, two years after his father--Proust...
Rachel Mesch. Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman
Rachel Mesch. Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013. Pp. 241. Rachel Mesch has realized a tour de force with this book, which is at once entertaining, innovative, and...
Stendhal. Journaux et Papiers. Volume I: 1797-1804
Stendhal. Journaux et papiers. Volume I: 1797-1804. Eds. Cecile Meynard, Helene de Jacquelot, and Marie-Rose Corredor. Grenoble: Ellug, 2013. Pp. 690. "Rien." It has become de rigueur for history teachers to admonish their students not to "read...
Stimulus and Response: Behaviorism, Tropisms, and Twentieth-Century French Thought and Literature
Literary criticism's model of choice for the understanding of fictional minds has been, at least until recent cognitive and evolutionary incursions, primarily psychoanalytic. While French literature itself has had many dealings with Freudian and post-Freudian...
Un Amour De Charlus: Relire la Recherche a Partir De Ses Discours Devalues
<< Trompe >> On devine en lisant, on cree ; tout part d'une erreur initiale [...]. Une bonne partie de ce que nous croyons [...] vient d'une premiere meprise sur les premisses (IV, 235 (1)). On ne peut manquer d'appliquer ces...
Un Degre D'allusion Racinienne De Plus. Pour Une Relecture De L'adieu Aux Aubepines Dans Du Cote De Chez Swann
Le texte de la Recherche est gorge d'allusions, au sens classique et restreint de la reference indirecte, oblique, qui depend, pour etre comprise, de certaines competences du lecteur (1). Souvent, comme l'avait montre Michael Riffaterre, c'est une...
Zrinka Stahuljak. Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation
Zrinka Stahuljak. Pornographie Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2013. Pp. 352. Medievalists are increasingly turning their attention to modern interpretations, representations,...
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