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The Cambridge History of French Literature

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David Hult, William Burgwinkle, Finn E. Sinclair, Emma Campbell, Caroline Jewers, Zrinka Stahuljak, Elizabeth W. Poe, Miranda Griffin, Barbara K. Altmann, Sharon Kinoshita, Noah Guynn, James R. Simpson, Simon Gaunt, Karen Sullivan, Marilynn Desmond, Cary Howie, Michelle R. Warren, Jody Enders, Deborah McGrady, Philip Ford, Gary Ferguson, James Helgeson, Jill Jondorf, Emily Butterworth, John O'Brien, Neil Kenny, Wes Williams, Richard Regosin, John Lyon, Michael Hawcroft, Larry Norman, Alain Génetiot, Roger Ariew, Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Richard Scholar, Craig Moyes, Richard Parish, Nicholas Hammond, John Leigh, William Edmiston, Robin Howells, Russell Goulbourne, Joseph Harris, Nadine Berenguier, Wilda Anderson, Tom Wynn, Jenny Mander, Pierre Saint-Amand, Nigel Harkness, Michèle Hannoosh, Michael Lucey, Rosemary Lloyd, Patrick McGuinness, Miranda Gill, Christopher Prendergast, Wendelin Guentner, Nicholas White, Suzanne Guerlac, Robert Lethbridge, Hannah Thompson, Katharine Conley, Claire Boyle, Martin Crowley, Michael Sheringham, Andrew Leak, Colin Davis, David Bradby, Richard Stamelman, Nicholas Harrison, Celia Britton, Charles Forsdick, T. Jefferson Kline, Nichols Hewitt, Libby Saxton, Emma Wilson, Wendy Michallat, Isabelle McNeill
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897860

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  • From Occitan poetry to Francophone writing produced in the Caribbean and North Africa, from intellectual history to current films, and from medieval manuscripts to bandes dessinées, this History covers French literature from its beginnings to the present day. With equal attention to all genres, historical periods and registers, this is the most comprehensive guide to literature written in French ever produced in English, and the first in decades to offer such an array of topics and perspectives. Contributors attend to issues of orality, history, peripheries, visual culture, alterity, sexuality, religion, politics, autobiography and testimony. The result is a collection that, despite the wide variety of topics and perspectives, presents a unified view of the richness of French-speaking cultures. This History gives support to the idea that French writing will continue to prosper in the twenty-first century as it adapts, adds to, and refocuses the rich legacy of its past.

    • Covers French and Francophone literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day
    • Includes over 75 new essays by specialists in their fields
    • Pays close attention to how literature has interacted with other arts and media
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897860
    • length: 822 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Manuscripts and manuscript culture
    2. The troubadours: the Occitan model
    3. The Chansons de geste
    4. Saints' lives, violence and community
    5. Myth and the matière de Bretagne
    6. Sexuality, shame and the genesis of romance
    7. Medieval lyric: the trouvères
    8. The grail
    9. Women authors of the Middle Ages
    10. Crusades and identity
    11. Rhetoric and historiography: Villehardouin's 'La Conquête de Constantinople'
    12. Humour and the obscene
    13. Travel and orientalism
    14. Allegory and interpretation
    15. History and fiction: the narrativity and historiography of the Matter of Troy
    16. Mysticism
    17. Prose romance
    18. Rhetoric and theatre
    19. The rise of metafiction in the late Middle Ages
    20. What does Renaissance mean?
    21. Sixteenth-century religious writing
    22. Sixteenth-century poetry
    23. Sixteenth-century theatre
    24. Women writers in the sixteenth century
    25. Sixteenth-century prose narrative
    26. Sixteenth-century thought
    27. Sixteenth-century travel writing
    28. Sixteenth-century margins
    29. Tragedy: early- to mid-seventeenth century
    30. Tragedy: mid- to late-seventeenth century
    31. Seventeenth-century comedy
    32. Seventeenth-century poetry
    33. Seventeenth-century philosophy
    34. Seventeenth-century women writers
    35. Moraliste writing in the seventeenth century
    36. Seventeenth-century prose narrative
    37. Seventeenth-century religious writing
    38. Seventeenth-century margins
    39. What is Enlightenment?
    40. The eighteenth-century novel
    41. The eighteenth-century conte
    42. Eighteenth-century comic theatre
    43. Eighteenth-century theatrical tragedy
    44. Eighteenth-century women writers
    45. Eighteenth-century philosophy
    46. Libertinage
    47. Eighteenth-century travel
    48. Eighteenth-century margins
    49. The Roman personnel
    50. Romanticism: arts, literature and history
    51. Realism
    52. French poetry 1793–1863
    53. Symbolism
    54. Madness and writing
    55. Literature and the city in the nineteenth century
    56. Nineteenth-century travel writing
    57. Philosophy and ideology in nineteenth-century France
    58. Naturalism
    59. Impressionism: art, literature and history (1870–1914)
    60. Decadence
    61. Avant-garde: text and image
    62. Autobiography
    63. The modern French novel
    64. The contemporary French novel
    65. Existentialism
    66. Modern French thought
    67. French drama in the twentieth century
    68. Twentieth-century poetry
    69. Francophone writing
    70. Writing and postcolonial theory
    71. Travel writing 1914–2010
    72. French cinema 1895–2010
    73. Writing, memory and history
    74. Holocaust writing and film
    75. Women writers, artists and filmmakers
    76. Popular culture and the case of the bande dessinée
    77. Literature, film and new media
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    William Burgwinkle, University of Cambridge
    William Burgwinkle is a Reader in Old French and Occitan at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

    Nicholas Hammond, University of Cambridge
    Nicholas Hammond is the author of several books and articles on seventeenth-century French literature. His books include Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées (Oxford University Press, 1994), Creative Tensions: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century French Literature (Duckworth, 1997), Fragmentary Voices: Memory and Education at Port-Royal (Gunter Narr, 2004) and Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France, 1610–1715 (Peter Lang, 2011). He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Pascal (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

    Emma Wilson, University of Cambridge
    Emma Wilson is a Reader in contemporary French literature and film at the University of Cambridge.

    Contributors

    David Hult, William Burgwinkle, Finn E. Sinclair, Emma Campbell, Caroline Jewers, Zrinka Stahuljak, Elizabeth W. Poe, Miranda Griffin, Barbara K. Altmann, Sharon Kinoshita, Noah Guynn, James R. Simpson, Simon Gaunt, Karen Sullivan, Marilynn Desmond, Cary Howie, Michelle R. Warren, Jody Enders, Deborah McGrady, Philip Ford, Gary Ferguson, James Helgeson, Jill Jondorf, Emily Butterworth, John O'Brien, Neil Kenny, Wes Williams, Richard Regosin, John Lyon, Michael Hawcroft, Larry Norman, Alain Génetiot, Roger Ariew, Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Richard Scholar, Craig Moyes, Richard Parish, Nicholas Hammond, John Leigh, William Edmiston, Robin Howells, Russell Goulbourne, Joseph Harris, Nadine Berenguier, Wilda Anderson, Tom Wynn, Jenny Mander, Pierre Saint-Amand, Nigel Harkness, Michèle Hannoosh, Michael Lucey, Rosemary Lloyd, Patrick McGuinness, Miranda Gill, Christopher Prendergast, Wendelin Guentner, Nicholas White, Suzanne Guerlac, Robert Lethbridge, Hannah Thompson, Katharine Conley, Claire Boyle, Martin Crowley, Michael Sheringham, Andrew Leak, Colin Davis, David Bradby, Richard Stamelman, Nicholas Harrison, Celia Britton, Charles Forsdick, T. Jefferson Kline, Nichols Hewitt, Libby Saxton, Emma Wilson, Wendy Michallat, Isabelle McNeill

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