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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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$ 42.00

    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...

  • The Phantom of Chanceby John Lyons

    Edinburgh University Press 2011; US$ 104.00

    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...

  • Historical Dictionary of French Literatureby John Flower

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 129.99

    The Historical Dictionary of French Literature covers the history of the principal authors and movements in the history of imaginative French literature since the 9th century. It also contains analyses of a selection of key texts and lists works inspired by major historical or political events such as the two World Wars with an emphasis on the... more...

  • Proust, Pastiche, and the Postmodern or Why Style Mattersby James F. Austin

    Bucknell University Press 2013; US$ 69.99

    Proust, Pastiche, and the Postmodern or Why Style Matters argues against the traditional critical view that minimizes Proust?s practice of pastiche ? the imitation of a writer?s style ?and that considers it a simple exercise of mastering the predecessor. Instead, this work establishes pastiche as a powerful, ubiquitous practice central to Proust?s... 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...