The Crown of Thorns




Total Pages:238



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Présente vingt-trois essais consacrés à l'art français et francophone depuis 1980, en proposant une analyse critique d'une cinquantaine d'artistes aussi divers que des écrivains, photographes, peintres.

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French Twentieth Bibliography

Author:Douglas W. Alden

Publisher:Susquehanna University Press


Total Pages:552



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This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.

Contemporary French Poetics

Author:Michael Bishop,Christopher Elson



Total Pages:215



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This book finds its origin partly in the International Colloquium on French and Francophone Literature in the 1990's at Dalhousie University, September 1998. number of the papers, since reworked, take their place here alongside other studies subsequently invited. They form a broad and varyingly focused set of cogent and pertinent appraisals of very recent French, and francophone, poetic practice and its shifting, becoming conceptual underpinnings.

Paul Celans Übersetzungspoetik

Author:Florence Pennone-Autze

Publisher:Walter de Gruyter


Total Pages:549



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With reference to Celan’s renderings of French poetry, the author discusses the poetics underlying Paul Celan’s translations and the changes it underwent in the course of time. The study concentrates not only on the well-known translations of Rimbaud's »Bateau ivre« (1958) and Valéry’s »Jeune Parque« (1960) but also pays close attention to the hitherto neglected translations of Benjamin Péret (1950), Guillaume Apollinaire (1951–1959), Jules Supervielle (1958–1968), and André du Bouchet (1968). Up to about 1960 Celan employed largely the same stylistic resources in his translations as in his own poetry. In the 1960s, however, we find a parting of the ways. The translations emancipate themselves from Celan’s personal poetic diction, becoming more ›literal‹ and ›faithful‹. This change in translation procedure is interpreted here as a consequence of an immanent contradiction in Celan’s poetics of dialogue.

Provisionality and the Poem

Author:Emma Wagstaff



Total Pages:244



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Much poetic writing in France in the post-1945 period is set in an elemental landscape and expressed through an impersonal poetic voice. It is therefore often seen as primarily spatial and cut off from human concerns. This study of three poets, André du Bouchet, Philippe Jaccottet and Bernard Noël, who have not been compared before, argues that space is inseparable from time in their work, which is always in transition. The different ways in which the provisional operates in their writing show the wide range of forms that modern poetry can take: an insistence on the figure of the interval, hesitant movement, or exuberant impulse. As well as examining the imaginative universes of the poets through close attention to the texts, this book considers the important contribution they have made in their prose writing to our understanding of the visual arts and poetry translation, in themselves transitional activities. It argues that these writers have, in different ways, succeeded in creating poetic worlds that attest to close and constantly changing contact with the real.

La voce spezzata

Author:Fabio Scotto

Publisher:Donzelli Editore


Total Pages:304



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Praticato fin dal Rinascimento, è con il Romanticismo tedesco che il frammento assurge a genere vero e proprio, divenendo quell’«assoluto letterario» al quale la poesia affida la sua speranza di cristallizzare l’unicità dell’esperienza, forse il modello stesso della scrittura moderna. L’ampio percorso tracciato da questo libro di Fabio Scotto, il primo che affronti la questione dalla prospettiva delle poetiche e non della mera teoria di genere, si colloca nell’evoluzione storica delle forme che ha nell’avvento del «poème en prose» simbolista il suo momento apicale e nell’eterodossia espressiva d’inizio Novecento un fecondo laboratorio di soluzioni immaginarie. Delineando da Nietzsche a Barthes l’orizzonte estetico fondativo novecentesco, Scotto prende in esame alcune delle figure maggiori della poesia francese contemporanea, da Char a Michaux, da Ponge a Leiris, o più appartate come Perros e Jourdan (e nel caso di Cioran troppo restrittivamente ascritte alla sola filosofia), fino alle cosiddette scritture lacunari, ovvero quella frangia del formalismo negativo che ha puntato alla cancellazione del soggetto autoriale e della figuralità poetica per elaborare una scrittura apparentemente priva di nessi causali e di pathos sentimentale o melodico. Ma la poesia, anche quando franta o ellittica, mantiene sempre un rapporto con l’immediatezza sensibile che ne fa una respirazione mentale, un silenzio teso fra una parola e l’altra, malgrado la sordità dei tempi, o l’urlo che lacera, come in Artaud, l’indifferenza del mondo con una parola arcaica resa puro suono. Ne emerge un universo ricco e vitale nel quale istanze formali radicali s’alternano ad approcci più sensibilmente vicini all’esperienza del vivere, in un’intermittenza del continuo vocale qui esplorato fino al limite indiscernibile fra l’ordine e il disordine, che è poi il magma odierno.

Marcher sur le chemin sacré de la femme bison blanc

Author:Brooke Medecine Eagle



Total Pages:550



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Gardienne de la Terre, visionnaire, enseignante, poétesse et psychologue, Brooke Medicine Eagle a grandi dans une réserve Crow du Montana. Elle retrace dans ce livre son développement spirituel, depuis ses premiers pas sur son chemin de médecine jusqu'à son travail actuel qui fait d'elle l'une des enseignantes amérindiennes les plus respectées. Elle nous révèle des traditions essentielles comme la Roue de Médecine, la guérison par des rituels, le temps du rêve, et la moon lodge la hutte de lunaison, où les femmes se retirent et ont leurs visions. On trouvera dans cet ouvrage de très nombreux exercices tirés de l'expérience personnelle de Brooke, que chacun pourra explorer et intégrer à son rythme et suivant ses besoins pour emprunter, à son tour et avec ses propres caractéristiques, le chemin d'évolution de conscience auquel nous sommes tous conviés. Les puissants outils qui nous sont offerts ici intègrent la sagesse ancienne à l'expérience contemporaine, car la Femme Bison Blanc appelle tous les guerriers spirituels à trouver leur véritable place dans la danse de la vie.


Author:Henri Bosco

Publisher:New York Review of Books


Total Pages:288



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Fans of the style of William Faulkner will want to read Henri Bosco, four-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Available in English for the first time, Malicroix tells the story of a recluse living in the French countryside, unraveling how he came to a life of solitude. Henri Bosco, like his contemporary Jean Giono, is one of the regional masters of modern French literature, a writer who dwells above all on the grandeur, beauty, and ferocious unpredictability of the natural world. Malicroix, set in the early nineteenth century, is widely considered to be Bosco’s greatest book. Here he invests a classic coming-of-age story with a wild, mythic glamour. A nice young man, of stolidly unimaginative, good bourgeois stock, is surprised to inherit a house on an island in the Rhône, in the famously desolate and untamed region of the Camargue. The terms of his great-uncle’s will are even more surprising: the young man must take up solitary residence in the house for a full three months before he will be permitted to take possession of it. With only a taciturn shepherd and his dog for occasional company, he finds himself surrounded by the huge and turbulent river (always threatening to flood the island and surrounding countryside) and the wind, battering at his all-too-fragile house, shrieking from on high. And there is another condition of the will, a challenging task he must perform, even as others scheme to make his house their own. Only under threat can the young man come to terms with both his strange inheritance and himself.

The Count of Monte Cristo

Author:Alexander Dumas



Total Pages:1837



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The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. The story takes place in France, Italy and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1838. It begins from just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleon returned to power after his exile) and spans through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal and selfishness, shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature. The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood."

Swann's Way

Author:Marcel Proust

Publisher:Graphic Arts Books


Total Pages:418



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Swann’s Way (1913) is the first volume of Marcel Proust’s seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time. Written while Proust was virtually confined to his bedroom from a lifelong respiratory illness, Swann’s Way is a story of memory, history, family, and romance from a master of Modernist literature. Praised by Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Chabon, and Graham Greene, In Search of Lost Time explores the nature of memory and time while illuminating the history of homosexuality in nineteenth century Europe. For a long time I used to go to bed early.” Alone in his bedroom, the narrator meditates on sleep, dreams, and the passing of time. Spurred into memory by the taste of a madeleine dipped in a cup of lime blossom tea, he recalls his childhood in Combray, a rural village on the outskirts of Paris. Slowly, faces and names from the past come back to him—he recalls a neighbor named Swann, whose promising marriage proved disastrous; his Jewish friend Bloch, who introduced him to literature; and the walks he would take with his parents through the beautiful countryside. As he grows and learns, he begins to recognize the reality concealed by convention: the secret liaisons between lovers; the petty competitions of artists; the fleeting nature of affection and lust alike. Written in flowing prose, Swann’s Way is a masterpiece of twentieth century fiction that continues to entertain and astound over a century after it appeared in print. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way is a classic work of French literature reimagined for modern readers.

Knight's Gambit

Author:William Faulkner



Total Pages:256



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Gavin Stevens, the wise and forbearing student of crime and the folk ways of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, plays the major role in these six stories of violence. In each, Stevens’ sharp insights and ingenious detection uncover the underlying motives.


Author:Émile Zola

Publisher:Musaicum Books


Total Pages:402



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Also known as Au Bonheur des Dames; The Ladies' Delight or The Ladies' Paradise; is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. The novel is set in the world of the department store, an innovative development in mid-nineteenth century retail sales. Zola models his store after Le Bon Marché, which consolidated under one roof many of the goods hitherto sold in separate shops. In Au Bonheur des Dames, the store is a symbol of capitalism, the modern city and the bourgeois family. It is emblematic of changes in consumer culture, sexual attitudes and class relations taking place at the end of the century. The novel tells the story of Denise Baudu, a 20-year-old woman from Valognes who comes to Paris with her brothers and begins working at the department store Au Bonheur des Dames as a saleswoman. Zola describes the inner workings of the store from the employees' perspective, including the 13-hour workdays, the substandard food and the bare lodgings (for the female staff). Many of the conflicts in the novel spring from the struggles for advancement and the malicious infighting and gossip among the staff. Au Bonheur des Dames is a sequel to "Pot-Bouille". Like its predecessor, Au Bonheur des Dames focuses on Octave Mouret (b. 1840), who at the end of the previous novel married Caroline Hédouin, the owner of a small silk shop. Now a widower, Octave has expanded the business into an international retail powerhouse occupying (at the beginning of the book) most of an entire city block. Au Bonheur des Dames has been made into a number of films, television series and plays. Émile Zola (1840 – 1902), French novelist, critic, and political activist who was the most prominent French novelist of the late 19th century. He was noted for his theories of naturalism, which underlie his monumental 20-novel series Les Rougon-Macquart, and for his intervention in the Dreyfus Affair through his famous open letter, "J'accuse."

Darkness Moves

Author:Henri Michaux

Publisher:Univ of California Press


Total Pages:270



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Henri Michaux defies common critical definition. Critics have compared his work to such diverse artists as Kafka, Goya, Swift, Klee, and Beckett. Allen Ginsberg called Michaux "genius," and Jorge Luis Borges wrote that Michaux’s work "is without equal in the literature of our time." This anthology contains substantial selections from almost all of Michaux’s major works, most never before published in English, and allows readers to explore the haunting verbal and pictorial landscape of a twentieth-century visionary.

Sentimental Education

Author:Gustave Flaubert

Publisher:Oxford University Press


Total Pages:432



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'For certain men the stronger their desire, the less likely they are to act.' With his first glimpse of Madame Arnoux, Frédéric Moreau is convinced he has found his romantic destiny, but when he pursues her to Paris the young student is unable to translate his passion into decisive action. He also finds himself distracted by the equally romantic appeal of political action in the turbulent years leading up to the revolution of 1848, and by the attractions of three other women, each of whom seeks to make him her own: a haughty society lady, a capricious courtesan, and an artless country girl. Flaubert offers a vivid and unsparing portrait of the young men of his generation, struggling to salvage something of their ideals in a city where corruption, consumerism, and a pervasive sense of disenchantment undermine all but the most compromised erotic, aesthetic, and social initiatives. Sentimental Education combines thoroughgoing irony with an impartial but unexpectedly intense sympathy in a novel whose realism competes with that of Balzac and whose innovations in narrative plot and perspective mark a turning-point in the development of literary modernism. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.