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  • The Black Countby Tom Reiss

    Crown/Archetype 2012; US$ 16.00

    Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo ? a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as  The Count of Monte Cristo  and  The Three Musketeers . The real-life protagonist of  The Black Count , General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story... more...

  • Proust's Englishby Daniel Karlin

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 34.99

    A fascinating study of English words and phrases in A la recherche du temps perdu, dealing both with the social comedy of French 'Anglomania' - characters who yearn to resemble 'un parfait gentleman' or invite each other to 'le five-o'clock tea' - and with Proust's profound understanding of the necessary 'impurity'... more...

  • Joie de vivre in French Literature and Cultureby Susan Harrow; Timothy A. Unwin

    Editions Rodopi 2009; US$ 89.60

    The apparent self-sufficiency of joie de vivre means that, despite the widespread use of the phrase since the late nineteenth century, the concept has rarely been explored critically. Joie de vivre does not readily surrender itself to examination, for it is in a sense too busy being what it is. However, as the essays in this collection reveal, joie... more...

  • Pierre Loti and the Theatricality of Desireby Peter James Turberfield

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 74.20

    Pierre Loti and the Theatricality of Desire offers an original analysis of patterns of unconscious desire observable in the life and work of the French orientalist writer Pierre Loti. It aims to reconcile attitudes and conduct that have been regarded as contradictory and not amenable to analysis by locating the unconscious urges that motivate them.... more...

  • Paralysesby John Culbert

    University of Nebraska Press 2011; US$ 65.00

    Modernity has long been equated with motion, travel, and change, from Marx’s critical diagnoses of economic instability to the Futurists’ glorification of speed. Likewise, metaphors of travel serve widely in discussions of empire, cultural contact, translation, and globalization, from Deleuze’s “nomadology” to James Clifford’s... more...

  • Genealogies of the Textby Jeffrey Mehlman

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 44.00

    This 1995 book is a provocative meditation on literature, ethics, and the experience of the French in World War II. more...

  • Writing Postcolonial Franceby Fiona Barclay

    Lexington Books 2011; US$ 79.99

    This book is the first literary study to examine how France has failed to come to terms with the end of its empire, and is now haunted by the legacy of its colonial relationship with North Africa. It examines the form assumed by the ghosts of the past in fiction from a range of genres (travel writing, detective fiction, life writing, historical fiction,... more...

  • Guiron le Courtoisby Venceslas Bubenicek

    De Gruyter Mouton 2016; US$ 363.00

    The 13th-century prose novel Guiron le Courtois tells the story of the fathers of the Arthurian heroes. The third branch of the work that is presented here illustrates the development from the previous texts, Meliadus and Guiron, and offers valuable insights into the narrative techniques and literary tastes of the period around 1240.Prepared and presentedby... more...

  • The Phantom of Chanceby John Lyons

    Edinburgh University Press 2011; US$ 119.99

    How the classical and medieval conceptions of Fortune shifted to the modern notion of chanceIs chance nothing more than a projection of human desire on to the world? In this fascinating new study, John Lyons argues that the idea of chance assumed new vigour in the late Renaissance, when converging philosophical and literary currents demystified the... more...

  • Shakespeare's Montaigneby Michel De Montaigne; John Florio; Stephen Greenblatt; Peter G. Platt

    New York Review Books 2014; US$ 17.95

    An NYRB Classics Original Shakespeare, Nietzsche wrote, was Montaigne?s best reader?a typically brilliant Nietzschean insight, capturing the intimate relationship between Montaigne?s ever-changing record of the self and Shakespeare?s kaleidoscopic register of human character. And there is no doubt that Shakespeare read Montaigne?though how extensively... more...