French Forum

Journal covering literary criticism and French literature.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter

Approaching the Unapproachable: A Proustian Preface
My first semester in graduate school, at Columbia in Fall 1985, Michael Riffaterre offered a Proust seminar. The course description has stayed with me: it was so horrifying and titillating, as well as so terse, that I involuntarily memorized it upon...
Books Received
David Beriss. Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France. Boulder CO: Westview Press, 2004. xx + 156 pp. Marie Bornand. Temoignage et fiction: Les recits de rescapes dans la litterature de langue francaise (1945-2000)....
Imagining Rachilde: Decadence and the Roman a Clefs
In his extensive 1888 repertory of the roman a clefs, Fernand Drujon proposed a classification for the genre by century. Most 16th century literature a clefs, for example, consisted of polemical writing on religious and political topics, while in the...
Jean Lorrain, Paysagiste De la Riviera
Dans un ouvrage recent, Marc Boyer montre que la Cote d'Azur est davantage une "region thematique" (357) qu'une realite geographique. Depuis le XVIIIe siecle, la Riviera invite les ecrivains, l'imaginaire artistique en general et divers commentateurs...
Revolutions in Time: Chateaubriand on the Antiquity of the Earth
In his Philosophy of History, Hegel writes of the French Revolution as a key moment in the intellectual history of civilization that effected a major shift in the human race's epistemological perspective of the world and its ability to shape that world....
The Centrality of Margins Medieval French Genders and Genres Reconfigured
[The Emperor] had [the saint's] feet pierced with nails in order to cause much more pain. Blood ran from the feet as water from a pipe. These torments were cruel, but God was very courteous; for, know this well, without falsehood, [the saint's]...
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