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. 106, No. 1-4, January-November

Andre Benhaim and Aymeric Glacet (Eds.). Albert Camus Au Quotidien
Andre Benhaim and Aymeric Glacet (eds.). Albert Camus au quotidien. Villeneuve-d'Ascq: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2013. Pp. 199. Dans l'une des toutes premieres pages de ses Cahiers, publies a titre posthume chez Gallimard sous le nom...
Anna Zayaruznaya. the Monstrous New Art: Divided Forms in the Late Medieval Motet
Anna Zayaruznaya. The Monstrous New Art: Divided Forms in the Late Medieval Motet. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. Pp. 234 + appendices. Broadly speaking, Zayaruznaya's The Monstrous New Art is about text-music relations in the ars nova motet with...
Assia Djebar: In Memoriam
For Clarisse Zimra This contribution was written shortly after the death of my beloved A friend, Assia Djebar, on February 6, 2015. Her former partner, Malek Alloula, died only eleven days later. As Etienne Balibar remarked to me: "Their quasi-simultaneous...
Assia Djebar: Patterns of Resistance
With the passing of Assia Djebar on February 6, 2015, the world lost one of its most important writers and one of the last major literary voices of the age of decolonization. Like a handful of other great writers--in the Francophone context, Marguerite...
Assia Djebar's Mourners
"To bid oneself farewell." (2) The posthumous homage that "world literature" has paid to one of its greatest figures, Assia Djebar, who passed away on February 6, 2015, reveals the extent to which her oeuvre has shaped not only the history of arts...
Books Received for 2014-2016
Allaire, Gloria, ed. and trans. Italian Literature III: Il Tristano Corsiniano. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015. Baetens, Jan. A voix haute: poesie et lecture publique. Paris: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2016. Barbier-Mueller, Jean-Paul. Dictionnaire...
Britannic Us, Tragedie Du Plaire
De toutes les regies que requiert ce qu'on nomme le << commerce du monde >> a l'age classique, plaire est sans doute la premiere (1). Moliere, dans La Critique de l'ecole des femmes (1663), laisse a Dorante le soin de le dire : <<...
Catherine Croizy-Naquet, Laurence Harf-Lancner, and Michelle Szkilnik, Eds. Les Manuscrits Medievaux, Temoins De Lectures
Catherine Croizy-Naquet, Laurence Harf-Lancner, and Michelle Szkilnik, eds. Les Manuscrits medievaux, temoins de lectures. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015. Pp. 258. As its title suggests, this collection of essays asks what manuscript evidence...
Christelle Reggiani. Poetiques Oulipiennes. la Contrainte, le Style, L'bistoire
Christelle Reggiani. Poetiques oulipiennes. La Contrainte, le style, l'bistoire. Geneve, Droz, 2014. Pp. 172. L'Ouvroir de litterature potentielle nait, grace a Raymond Queneau et Francois Le Lionnais, en 1960 de l'idee que la litterature pourrait...
Curious Savages: Cultural Transvestism, Identity, and New France in Alain-Rene Lesage's Les Avantures De Monsieur Robert Chevalier, Dit De Beauchene
"Voici un sauvage curieux que je vous amene. Sans aller au Canada, vous allez voir un Iroquois, mais un Iroquois qui ne vous fera pas peur" [...] et ce ne fut pas sans etonnement qu'elles virent un gros gargon d'assez bonne mine, blanc et blond comme...
Denis Bjai and Francois Rouget (Eds.). Les Poetes Frangais De la Renaissance et Leurs "Libraires." Actes Du Colloque International De l'Universite d'Orleans
Denis Bjai and Francois Rouget (eds.). Les Poetes frangais de la Renaissance et leurs "libraires." Actes du Colloque international de l'Universite d'Orleans. Geneva: Droz, 2015. Pp. 552. The twenty-one chapters of this volume, which began as a conference...
Djebar's Odyssey
"Silence sur soie' ou l'ecriture en fuite": the title of the afterword of Nulle part dans la maison de mon pere (445), Assia Djebar's final and most autobiographical book, in a double entendre as an ultimate tribute to her relationship with the French...
Feminism in the "Father Book": Complicating the Emancipation Narrative in Assia Djebar's Nowhere in My Father's House
But you--I am speaking to myself, like a sarcastic stranger--, where have you gotten, you who began your life through the intervention of the father, the father and his supposedly or truly beloved daughter--and who declares, suddenly, to nearly the...
Giovanni Boccaccio. the Decameron
Giovanni Boccaccio. The Decameron. Trans. Wayne A. Rebhorn. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2014. Pp. 1024. The appearance of a new English translation of a work like Boccaccio's Decameron, that has already been so widely and expertly translated,...
Investigating a Disappearance: Multilingualism and Language Erasure in Assia Djebar's la Disparition De la Langue Francaise
The title of Assia Djebar's 2003 novel La Disparition de la langue francaise provocatively announces the disappearance of the French language. Its content, which details the unsolved disappearance of its protagonist, offers readers a deceptively simple...
Jan Miernowski (Ed.). le Sublime et le Grotesque
Jan Miernowski (ed.). Le Sublime et le Grotesque. Geneva: Droz, 2014. Pp. 344. This book gathers contributions from a conference that took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 about the sublime and the grotesque or rather, to be...
Jan Miernowski. la Beaute De la Haine. Essais De Misologie Litteraire
Jan Miernowski. La Beaute de la haine. Essais de misologie litteraire. Geneva: Droz, 2014. Pp. 280. La Beaute de la haine turns critical attention away from the causes of hatred towards the "noyau dur de l'odieux, la haine la plus pure qui echappe...
Karina F. Attar and Lynn Shutters (Eds). Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters
Karina F. Attar and Lynn Shutters (eds). Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Pp. 253. Karina F. Attar and Lynn Shutters' Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters provides...
Le « Cri » De la Critique : Origine et Critere De L'ecriture Dans A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu
Chaque jour j'attache moins de prix a l'intelligence. Chaque jour je me rends mieux compte que ce n'est qu'en dehors d'elle que l'ecrivain peut ressaisir quelque chose de nos impressions passees, c'est-a-dire atteindre quelque chose de lui-meme et...
On the Uses and Abuses of "Return": Reflections on Jean Rouaud's Limitation Du Bonheur and Its "Histoire Critique De la Fiction"
Rien de plus militaire qu'un [critique] plaidant pour l'ineffable poetique. --Roland Barthes (1) It has become a critical commonplace to speak of a "contemporary" period in French literature, which is usually said to begin sometime around 1980...
Phillip John Usher and Isabelle Fernbach (Eds.). Virgilian Identities in the French Renaissance
Phillip John Usher and Isabelle Fernbach (eds.). Virgilian Identities in the French Renaissance, Gallica, 27. London: Boydell and Brewer, 2012. Pp. 260. Scholars of the French early modern period have not ignored the relationship between Renaissance...
Simon Gaunt. Marco Polo's le Devisement Du Monde. Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity
Simon Gaunt. Marco Polo's Le Devisement du Monde. Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity. Series: Gallica, v. 31. Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer, 2013. Pp.212. This learned, theoretically versed, and articulate monograph helpfully shifts the trajectory...
Undoing Odysseus's Pact: Marginal Faces and Voices in the Narratives of Assia Djebar and Agnes Varda
While reading Ces Voix qui m'assiegent ... en marge de ma francophonie, Assia Djebar's collection of writings on language, I could not help but recall Agnes Varda's autobiographical film Les Plages d'Agnes, in which she narrates her own life story...
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