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The Cambridge Companion to French Literature


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John D. Lyons, Karen Sullivan, Deborah McGrady, Marc Bizer, Tom Conley, Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Michael Moriarty, Caroline Warman, Rosemary Lloyd, Jennifer Yee, Carrie J. Noland, Edward J. Hughes, Charles Forsdick, Elisabeth Ladenson, Ian James, Warren Motte
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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107036048

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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.

    • Offers an authoritative new overview of one of the world's most varied and wide-ranging literatures
    • Gives in-depth studies of more than a dozen literary genres, movements, and themes
    • Centres on the literary heritage of France and on the relation between writing and ideas
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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, 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, French Review

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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107036048
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John D. Lyons
    1. Romance, roman, and novel Karen Sullivan
    2. Joan of Arc and the literary imagination Deborah McGrady
    3. Poetry and modernity Marc Bizer
    4. The graphic imagination and the printed page Tom Conley
    5. Tragedy and fear John D. Lyons
    6. Galant culture Elizabeth C. Goldsmith
    7. Varieties of doubt in early modern writing Michael Moriarty
    8. Nature and enlightenment Caroline Warman
    9. Nostalgia and the creation of the past Rosemary Lloyd
    10. Exoticism and colonialism Jennifer Yee
    11. Poetic experimentation Carrie J. Noland
    12. The renewal of narrative in the wake of Proust Edward J. Hughes
    13. French literature as world literature Charles Forsdick
    14. Literature and sex Elisabeth Ladenson
    15. The literary-philosophical essay Ian James
    16. The novel in the new millennium Warren Motte
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    John D. Lyons, University of Virginia
    John D. Lyons is Commonwealth Professor of French at the University of Virginia, and Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He is the author of eight books on French literature, including French Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2010) and The Phantom of Chance: From Fortune to Randomness in Seventeenth-Century French Literature (2011).


    John D. Lyons, Karen Sullivan, Deborah McGrady, Marc Bizer, Tom Conley, Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Michael Moriarty, Caroline Warman, Rosemary Lloyd, Jennifer Yee, Carrie J. Noland, Edward J. Hughes, Charles Forsdick, Elisabeth Ladenson, Ian James, Warren Motte

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