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The Cambridge Companion to French Literature
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In this authoritative and accessible account of French literature, sixteen essays by leading specialists offer provocative insights into French literary culture, its genres, movements, themes, and historic turning points, including the cultural and linguistic challenges of today's multi-ethnic France. The French have, over the centuries, invented and reinvented writing, from the Arthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes to Montaigne's Essays, which gave the world a new literary form and a new standard for writing about personal thought and experience; from the highly polished tragedies of French classicism to the satirical novels of the Enlightenment; from Proust's explorations of social and sexual mores to the 'New Novel' of the late twentieth century; and from Baudelaire's urban poetry to today's poetic experiments with sound and typography. The broad scope of this Companion, which goes beyond individual authors or periods, enables a deeper appreciation for the distinctive literature of France.

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'The strength of this book lies not simply in the excellence of the individual essays but also in its kaleidoscopic nature. By focusing on a particular topic or genre in a particular period, but suggesting links to other periods and other topics, these essays combine to form a thoroughly convivial Companion.'

Brian Nelson Source: French Studies

'This is a model of what a volume of collected essays can be: from start to finish, the quality of the work and the level of writing are excellent.'

John T. Booker Source: French Review

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Contents

1.
Brownlee, Kevin, and Brownlee, Marina Scordilis, ed. Romance: Generic Transformations from Chrétien de Troyes to Cervantes. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1985.
Bruckner, Matilda Tomaryn. Chrétien Continued: A Study of the ‘Conte du Graal’ and Its Verse Continuations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Kelly, Douglas. The Art of Medieval French Romance. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
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2.
Fraoli, Deborah A. Joan of Arc: The Early Debate. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2000.
Hobbins, Daniel. The Trial of Joan of Arc. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
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3.
Bizer, Marc. ‘Letters from Home: The Epistolary Aspects of Joachim Du Bellay’s Les Regrets’. Renaissance Quarterly, 52.1 (1999): 140–79.
Bizer, Marc. ‘Ronsard the Poet, Belleau the Translator: The Difficulties of Writing in the Laureate’s Shadow’. In Translation and the Transmission of Culture between 1300 and 1600. Ed. Beer, Jeanette and Lloyd-Jones, Kenneth. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1995, pp. 176226.
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Greene, Thomas. The Light in Troy: Imitation and Discovery in Renaissance Poetry. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1982.
Hollier, Denis, ed. A New History of French Literature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.
Jones, Ann Rosalind. The Currency of Eros: Women’s Love Lyric in Europe, 1540–1620. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1990.
Knecht, R. J. The French Renaissance Court, 1483–1589. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
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Quint, David. Origin and Originality in Renaissance Literature: Versions of the Source. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1983.
Shapiro, Norman R., and Glidden, Hope H., ed. Lyrics of the French Renaissance: Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.
4.
Chartier, Roger. The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind. Trans. Cochrane, Lydia G.. Cambridge: Polity, 2014.
Conley, Tom. The Graphic Unconscious: The Early Modern French Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Conley, Tom. The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.
Jameson, Fredric. The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System. London: Indiana University Press, 1992.
Kritzman, Lawrence. The Fabulous Imagination. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
O’Brien, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Pettegree, Andrew. The French Book and the European Book World. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
Suarez, Michael F., and Woudhuysen, H. R.. The Book: A Global History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Van Orden, Kate. Music, Authorship, and the Book in the First Century of Print. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013.
5.
Campbell, John. Questioning Racinian Tragedy. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Eagleton, Terry. Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.
Felski, Rita, ed. Rethinking Tragedy. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Goodkin, Richard. Birth Marks: The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
Ibbett, Katherine. The Style of the State in French Theater, 1630–1660: Neoclassicism and Government. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.
Lyons, John. Kingdom of Disorder: The Theory of Tragedy in Classical France. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1999.
6.
Beasley, Faith. Salons, History, and the Creation of Seventeenth-Century France: Mastering Memory. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
DeJean, Joan. Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
Goldsmith, Elizabeth C. Exclusive Conversations: The Art of Interaction in Seventeenth-Century France. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.
Lougee, Carolyn. Le Paradis des femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976.
Newman, Karen. Cultural Capitals: Early Modern London and Paris. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Russo, Elena. Styles of Enlightenment: Taste, Politics, and Authorship in Eighteenth-Century France. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Seifert, Lewis C. Fairy Tales, Sexuality, and Gender in France, 1690–1715: Nostalgic Utopias. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Welch, Ellen R. A Taste for the Foreign: Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in Early Modern French Fiction. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2011.
7.
Cave, Terence, How to Read Montaigne. London: Granta, 2007.
Cottingham, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Descartes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Curley, E. M., Descartes against the Skeptics. Oxford: Blackwell, 1978.
Hammond, Nicholas, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Pascal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Hunter, Graeme. Pascal the Philosopher: An Introduction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
Langer, Ullrich, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Montaigne. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Moriarty, Michael. Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Moriarty, Michael. Early Modern French Thought: The Age of Suspicion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Popkin, Richard H. The History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle, rev. edn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
8.
Anderson, Wilda. Diderot’s Dream. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1990.
Ballaster, Rosalind. Fables of the East: Selected Tales 1662–1785. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Connors, Logan. Dramatic Battles in Eighteenth-Century France: ‘philosophes’, ‘anti-philosophes’ and Polemical Theatre. SVEC, 2012:07. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2012.
Cryle, Peter. Geometry in the Boudoir: Configurations of French Erotic Narrative. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.
Darnton, Robert. The Forbidden Bestsellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. New York: Norton, 1995.
Delon, Michel, ed. Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, trans. Wells, Gwen, 2 vols. Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
Delon, Michel, ed. The Libertine: The Art of Love in Eighteenth-Century France, trans. Goodman, John. New York: Abbeville, 2013.
Douthwaite, Julia. The Wild Girl, Natural Man and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment. Chicago, IL: University of University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Goodman, Dena. The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996.
Hobson, Marian. Diderot and Rousseau: Networks of Enlightenment. Ed. and trans. Tunstall, Kate E. and Warman, Caroline. SVEC, 2011: 04. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011.
Jones, Colin. The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon. London: Penguin, 2002.
Leigh, John. The Search for Enlightenment: An Introduction to Eighteenth-Century French Writing. London: Duckworth, 1999.
Lough, John. The ‘Encyclopédie’. London: Longman, 1971.
Outram, Dorinda. Panorama of the Enlightenment. London: Thames and Hudson, 2006.
Riskin, Jessica. Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Russo, Elena. Styles of Enlightenment: Taste, Politics and Authorship in Eighteenth-Century France. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
Schmidt, James, ed. What Is Enlightenment? Eighteenth-Century Answers and Twentieth-Century Questions. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
Starobinski, Jean. The Emblems of Reason. Trans. Bray, Barbara. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1988.
9.
Bann, Stephen. The Clothing of Clio: A Study of the Representation of History in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
Crossley, Ceri. French Historians and Romanticism: Thierry, Guizot, the Saint-Simonians, Quinet, Michelet. London: Routledge, 1993.
Glencross, Michael. ‘The Cradle and the Crucible: Envisioning the Middle Ages in French Romanticism’, Studies in Medievalism, 8 (1996), 100–24.
Glencross, Michael. Reconstructing Camelot: French Romantic Medievalism and the Arthurian Tradition. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1995.
Gossman, Lionel. Between History and Literature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Lough, John, and Lough, Muriel. Introduction to Nineteenth-Century France. London: Longman, 1978.
Lukács, György. The Historical Novel. Trans. Mitchell, Hannah and Mitchell, Stanley. New York: Humanities Press, 1965.
Pao, Angela C. The Orient of the Boulevards: Exoticism, Empire and Nineteenth-Century French Theatre. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
Samuels, Maurice. The Spectacular Past. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Ward, Patricia A. The Medievalism of Victor Hugo. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1975.
10.
Aravamudan, Srinivas. Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Forsdick, Charles. Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity: Journeys between Cultures. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Lowe, Lisa. Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.
Miller, Christopher L. Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1985.
Miller, Christopher L. The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.
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Segalen, Victor. Essay on Exoticism: An Aesthetics of Diversity. Trans. Schlick, Yaël. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.
Todorov, Tzvetan. On Human Diversity: Nationalism, Racism and Exoticism in French Thought. Trans. Porter, Catherine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Yee, Jennifer. Exotic Subversions in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction. Oxford: Legenda, 2008.
11.
Acquisto, Joseph, ed. Thinking Poetry: Philosophical Approaches to Nineteenth-Century French Poetry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Arnar, Anna Sigridur. The Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Krueger, Cheryl. The Art of Procrastination: Baudelaire’s Poetry in Prose. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2007.
Lyu, Claire. A Sun within a Sun: The Power and Elegance of Poetry. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.
Noland, Carrie. Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.
12.
Bales, Richard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Proust. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Bowie, Malcolm. Proust among the Stars. London: HarperCollins, 1998.
Brewer, Mária Minich. Claude Simon: Narrativities without Narrative. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.
Britton, Celia. The Nouveau Roman: Fiction, Theory and Politics. London: Macmillan, 1992.
Crosman Wimmers, Inge. Proust and Emotion: The Importance of Affect in ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.
Ellison, David R. Of Words and the World: Referential Anxiety in Contemporary French Fiction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993.
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O’Beirne, Emer. Reading Nathalie Sarraute: Dialogue and Distance. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
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13.
Brincourt, André. Langue française, terre d’accueil. Monaco: Éditions du Rocher, 1997.
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Kellman, Steven G., ed. Switching Languages: Translingual Writers Reflect on their Craft. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.
Kellman, Steven G. The Translingual Imagination. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
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14.
Best, Victoria, and Crowley, Martin. The New Pornographies: Explicit Sex in Recent French Fiction and Film. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007.
Bloch, Howard. The Scandal of the Fabliaux. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Cryle, Peter. Geometry in the Boudoir: Configurations of French Erotic Narrative. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.
DeJean, Joan E. The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Gaunt, Simon. Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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Ladenson, Elisabeth. Proust’s Lesbianism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999.
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15.
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16.
Blatt, Ari J. Pictures into Words: Images in Contemporary French Fiction. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
Hippolyte, Jean-Louis. Fuzzy Fiction. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
Kemp, Simon. French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century: The Return to the Story. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010.
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Motte, Warren. Fables of the Novel: French Fiction since 1990. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2003.
Motte, Warren. Fiction Now: The French Novel in the Twenty-First Century. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008.