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  • Camus' The Plagueby Gary Carey

    Wiley 2004; US$ 4.95 US$ 4.36

    Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus was an existentialist whose view of humanity and the human condition suffered from a large brushstroke of bleakness. This book concerns a doctor who is called to care for people during a growing epidemic. more...

  • Proust's Englishby Daniel Karlin

    OUP Oxford 2005; US$ 41.99

    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' of all languages and artistic creation.... 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$ 35.00

    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$ 83.50

    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...

  • CliffsNotes on Hugo's Les Misérablesby George Klin; Amy Louise Marsland

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007; US$ 5.89

    In CliffsNotes on Les Misérables, you examine two themes from Victor Hugo's epic: the struggle between good and evil in the soul of one man, and society's struggle toward a greater good. Addressing many of the social issues of his day, Hugo wrote this novel, which traces the path of Jean Valjean as he changes from convict to saint. Hugo believed... more...

  • CliffsNotes on Flaubert's Madame Bovaryby James L Roberts

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1999; US$ 5.89

    With CliffsNotes on Madame Bovary, you'll gain insight into Gustave Flaubert's novel that was so scandalous, he was brought to trial for immorality. Written in 1857, Madame Bovary is a pointed telling of the protagonist's immoral behavior as she ignores her duties as wife and mother to pursue her superficial romantic ideals. However, many now... more...

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

    New York Review Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • Pastiche, Fashion, and Galanterie in Chardin's Genre Subjectsby Paula Radisich

    University of Delaware Press 2013; US$ 42.50

    This book analyzes the genre subjects created by Jean Siméon Chardin in the 1730s and 1740s as exemplars of a period-specific aesthetic known as the goût moderne or Modern taste, a category shaped by the literary Quarrel of the Ancients versus the Moderns. more...