Romance Notes

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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, Winter

Ciceronian Mnemonic in Camus' L'Etranger
MEURSAULT describes his room twice in L'Etranger; from the room itself, as he surveys it, and then from his prison cell, as he remembers it. The description which emerges from his memory is modeled on Ciceronian mnemonic with which Camus would have...
Confusion in the Service of Clarity: The Circus in Patrick Modiano's Un Cirque Passe
COMMENTING on Patrick Modiano's 1992 Un cirque passe, Alan Morris includes the novel's title among the mysteries and unanswered questions generated by both the style and the plot of this roman policier that is not really one. As he states, "[T]he title...
Constructing Authority in Lope De Vega's Egloga a Claudio: Self-Referentiality, Literary Judgment, and Ethics
THE poetry of Lope de Vega has most often been analyzed for its treatment of themes such as love, religious devotion, or autobiographical introspection. However, one other key aspect of his poetry, especially of his longer poetical works (such as his...
Creole Patriotism in Festival Accounts of Lima and Potosi
IN his official account of the 1716 entry into Potosi of the newly designated Viceroy, the Archbishop Diego Morcillo Rubio y Aunon, Fray Juan de la Torre claims that his purpose in describing the festival is not only to display the city's veneration...
Decadent Repetitions, Technological Variations, in Gabriele D'Annunzio's Forse Che Si Forse Che No
FORSE che si forse che no (1910) is a complex novel that displays the amalgamation of two diverse sensibilities, a pre-industrial and an industrial one. Its point of departure is the nineteenth-century decadent temperament, which D'Annunzio had exemplified...
El Discurso De la Ruina: Lo Gotico En Volveras a Region
SE ha explicado escasamente la presencia de elementos goticos en la novelistica de Juan Benet. Exceptuando a Ricardo Gullon y Janet Diaz cuyo analisis se centra en Una tumba y los relatos, respectivamente, la critica ha realizado numerosos estudios...
Erasmo Y Vives: Algunas Observaciones En Torno Al Matrimonio Y la Sexualidad Conyugal
EN el siglo XVI el matrimonio cristiano experimento una profunda revaloracion y un proceso de reformas. (1) Varios humanistas prominentes de la epoca articularon un discurso apologetico de la vida marital que se apartaba de la tradicion paulina-agustina...
History in Perspective in Ana Maria Moix's Vals Negro
ANA Maria Moix's Vals negro (1994) is a "reality"-based novel that implicitly questions the ability of both the narrators and the readers to apprehend historical "truths." By repeating unreliable information from uninformed characters, the multifaceted...
Letters, Lies, and Legible Urban Space in Balzac's Ferragus
IN his groundbreaking study of nineteenth-century Paris, Christopher Prendergast notes that "problems of readability and interpretation ... are ... in varying degrees of severity, problems in the history of the city throughout the whole of the nineteenth...
Marguerite De Navarre and the Challenge of Ethical Criticism: History, Literature, and Exemplarity in the Heptameron
IN the prologue to the Heptameron, Marguerite de Navarre sets up an implicit opposition between history and literature, juxtaposing a concern for truth with a concern for rhetorical embellishment. While the form of her presentation recalls Boccaccio's...
Symphorien Champier and Christine De Pizan's Livre De la Cite Des Dames
IN her introduction to a collection of essays on The Reception of Christine de Pizan from the Fifteenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries: Visitors to the City, Glenda K. McLeod lists several possible reasons why Christine de Pizan's works were ignored...
Voces Autoctonas De la Amazonia: Soledad, Reivindicacion Y Cambio
DESDE su descubrimiento, la Amazonia peruana ha satisfecho las expectativas de todos sus viajeros, exploradores y conquistadores. En 1492, Cristobal Colon describio al Nuevo Mundo como un paraiso: una tierra fertil y rica en minerales valiosos y habitada...
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