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SUICIDE, SURREALISM, AND THE SITE OF ILLEGIBILITY IN AMELIA ROSSELLI’S SLEEP

‘NOR DO I WANT YOUR INTERPRETATION’: SUICIDE, SURREALISM, AND THE SITE OF ILLEGIBILITY IN AMELIA ROSSELLI’S SLEEP Leake, Elizabeth Suicide and Sleep Sleep, Amelia Rosselli’s collection of English language poems, written between 1953 and 1966, presents a commentary on the poet’s critical reception; or, more precisely, on being read and interpreted. It is frequently considered […]

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND THE DANDY IN BAUDELAIRE

A CADAVER IN CLOTHES: AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND THE DANDY IN BAUDELAIRE Burt, E S “Le Dandy… doit vivre et dormir devant un miroir.” Baudelaire Baudelaire’s work is far from self-evidently autobiographical. Les Fleurs du mal, for instance, cannot be easily compared to a self-declared poetic autobiography like Hugo’s Contemplations where the poems are of decidedly personal […]

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LA MÉTHODE DES PASSAGES PARALLÈLES ET SES IMPLICATIONS THÉORIQUES

LA MÉTHODE DES PASSAGES PARALLÈLES ET SES IMPLICATIONS THÉORIQUES Aurora, Vincent Dans son Démon de la Théorie1 Antoine Compagnon a renouvelé le débat sur l’autorité herméneutique en soutenant la position traditionnelle-celle, selon lui, du «sens commun»-qui maintient comme autorité finale de l’interprétation l’intention de l’auteur. L’arme principale dont Compagnon se sert dans sa thèse est […]

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Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-Textes

Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-Textes James, Alison Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-Textes. Edited by Jed Deppman, Daniel Ferrer, and Michael Groden. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Pp. 272. This collection of essays aims to introduce English speakers to one of the most important critical trends in France today: genetic criticism, the study of writers’ […]

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Constitutive elements of the discourse of natural instruction in Rousseau’s Emile: Situations and implications

Constitutive elements of the discourse of natural instruction in Rousseau’s Emile: Situations and implications Johnston, Guillemette In Emile,1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau describes a mythical process of education through which the master reveals to his pupil wisdom that is simultaneously social and natural. The master’s part in this myth is to be nature’s emissary, since Rousseau wishes […]

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Social Reform and the Picaresque Novel in Early Modern Spain.

Discourses of Poverty: Social Reform and the Picaresque Novel in Early Modern Spain. Kuhlisch, Tina Discourses of Poverty: Social Reform and the Picaresque Novel in Early Modern Spain.Cruz, Anne J. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. Pp. 297. The study sets out to “explain the failure of social reform as proposed in the seventeenth century” […]

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CONDÉ’S CRÉOLITÉ IN LITERARY HISTORY

CONDÉ’S CRÉOLITÉ IN LITERARY HISTORY Apter, Emily Drawing on a wide range of theories of literary history and geography, I want to consider how the Creolophone/Francophone novel and, in particular, Maryse Condé’s fiction, challenge paradigms of literary evolution, narrative markets, comparative genre, hybrid narrative form, and postcolonial paradigms of so-called minor literature. In focusing on […]

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Gertrude Stein and Roland Barthes

Robinson Crusoe a venir: Gertrude Stein and Roland Barthes Bracker, Nicole “Le coeur fou Robinsonne a travers les romans….” (Arthur Rimbaud) Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is a novel that has been rediscovered and reinterpreted through successive generations and periods; a variety of artists including Michel Tournier, J.M. Coetzee, J.G. Ballard, Franz Kafka and Paul Valery, […]

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The Irreverence of the Periphery

Invisible Work: Borges and Translation/Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery Dove, Patrick (ProQuest: … denotes formulae omitted.) Efraín Kristal. Invisible Work: Borges and Translation, Vanderbilt University Press: Nashville, 2002. Pp. 213. Sergio Waisman. Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery, Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory Series; Lewisburg: Bucknell University […]

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Aragon: Politics and Picasso

Aragon: Politics and Picasso Gavronsky, Serge Impossible to separate Aragon, art critic, from the historical movements of his century, from an understanding he shared with Stendhal that history makes sense, that there is meaning in history. That seems to be the easiest Marxist point of departure. Where things begin to be interesting rests in the […]