French Forum

Journal covering literary criticism and French literature.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall

Against Ecriture Feminine: Flaubert's Narrative Aggression in Madame Bovary
"Avec rage": Flaubert's Revenge "J'ai rempoigne la Bovary avec rage," Flaubert wrote to Louis Bouilhet two months after the end of his relationship with Louise Colet, the woman who had been lover, correspondent, and--perhaps most importantly--rival...
Antoine Berman, toward a Translation Criticism: John Donne
Antoine Berman, Toward a Translation Criticism: John Donne, ed. and trans. Francoise Massardier-Kennedy. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2009. 249 pp. In his 1954 review of Lloyd Alexander's English translation of Sartre's La Nausee, Vladimir...
Beyond Truth and Reconciliation in la Memoire Aux Abois and Un Alligator Nomme Rosa
Un peuple sans memoire ou dememoire est condamne a repeter les memes erreurs, a subir les memes dictatures du passe. --Franck Laraque The familiar adage that truth is stranger than fiction came to life in January of 2011 when former dictator...
Books Received
112 Gripes about the French: The 194s Handbook for American as in Occupied France. Ed. The Bodleian Library. Oxford: University of Oxford, 2013. ix + 105 pp. Darran Anderson. Histoire de Melody Nelson. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 128 pp. James...
"Cest Une Cata": Questions of the Translatability of Nathalie Sarraute's Ouvrez
The translation of a work from one language to another is always a delicate undertaking. Attention must be paid to register, rhythm, sonority, style, tone, etc., all while respecting the authors intentions and maintaining the original message. In the...
Christophe Wall-Romana, Cinepoetry: Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry
Christophe Wall-Romana, Cinepoetry: Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry. Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. xv + 504 pp. "Cinepoetry" is an ambiguous term. In the past, it most often referred to a style of...
Clamence et Socrate
Au-dela de la critique, il y a quelque chose du jugement dans la reaction qu'eurent Francis Jeanson et Jean-Paul Sartre a l'encontre d'Albert Camus. Les chefs d'accusations concernaient un livre de Camus en particulier, L'Homme revolte. (1) Assurement,...
D. P. Arthur and D. W. Smith, Eds., 5 January 1754-31 December 1755. Lettres 2093-2303, Vol. 14 of Correspondance De Madame De Graffigny
D. P. Arthur and D. W. Smith, eds., 5 January 1754-31 December 1755. Lettres 2093-2303, vol. 14 of Correspondance de Madame de Graffigny, ed J. A. Dainard. Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 2013. xlvi + 450 pp. Since 1985, when the Voltaire Foundation...
"Je Fixais Des Vertiges": Les Etourdissements Du "Bateau Ivre" De Rimbaud
"Le Bateau ivre," selon Andre Guyaux, "est un amalgame." (2) Amalgame en effet: ce mot, avec ses racines d'alchimie medievale, (3) nous sensibilise a la nature "fort subtile"--dans l'ancien sens de volatif et impalpable--que le poeme de Rimbaud partage...
John Naughton, Une Intention De Salut. Essais Sur la Poesie Francaise Moderne
John Naughton, Une intention de salut. Essais sur la poesie francaise moderne. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012. 235 pp. This is a work of genuine academic piety. John Naughton, who launched his career as interpreter of modern French poetry...
L'animal Poetique De Valery
Parmi les differentes critiques de l'anthropocentrisme developpees au cours des dernieres decennies (Deleuze et Guattari, Donna Haraway...). celle de Derrida se distingue par l'importance quelle accorde a la question du langage. Dans Lanimal que donc...
Los Angeles: Une Fiction Proustienne
Comment construire lieu par lieu, la carte des mondes encore inconnus? En volant comme une mouche ou plutot, comme les Anges, dont les passages et messages tissent en permanence l'ubiquite divine, vont vers l'universel par des sites virtuels. (Michel...
Marriage, Metissage, and Women's Citizenship: Revisiting Race and Gender in Claire De Duras's Ourika
"Qui voudra jamais epouser une negresse?" (1) Many critics consider Claire de Duras's 1823 novel Ourika to be one of the most penetrating portrayals of racism of its time. In the brief novel, a young black Senegalese girl is saved at a young age...
Sade's Interior Motives: The Importance of the Unseen in the Chateau De Silling
Given the Marquis de Sade's well-deserved reputation as an author who continually sought to shock his audience, why does the work he most treasured insist on hiding certain details from the reader? In Les Cent vingt journees de Sodome, ou l'Ecole du...
That Obscure Subject of Desire: France, Algeria, and the Circumscription of the Feminine in Kateb Yacine's Nedjma
In her provocative study of feminine desire, What does a woman want? Reading and Sexual Difference, Shoshana Felman responds to Freuds infamous question "what does a woman want?" by exposing the elusiveness of feminine desire in literary works by Freud...
The "Twice-Told Tales" of Annie Saumont
When in 1959 Fredson Bowers opined that certain American critics believed their raw material--the literary text--was "discovered under cabbage plants," he was expressing an exasperation felt by many in the fields of textual criticism and scholarly...
Verena Andermatt Conley, Spatial Ecologies: Urban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory, Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 21
Verena Andermatt Conley, Spatial Ecologies: Urban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory, Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 21. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012. 171 pp. The latest book by Verena Andermatt Conley,...
William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber, Eds., Queer Lives: Mens Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France
William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber, eds., Queer Lives: Mens Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. 270 pp. William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber, eds., Bougres de vies (Queer Lives): Huit homosexuels...
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