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Publication Date: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997
This volume offers a unique and valuable insight into the novel in French over the past two centuries. In a series of essays, acknowledged experts discuss a variety of topics including nineteenth-century realism, women and fiction, popular fiction, experiment and innovation, war and the Holocaust, the Francophone novel, and postmodern fiction. They offer a challenging reassessment of major figures, while deliberately reading traditional views of literary history against the grain. Theoretical discussion is combined with close reading of texts and exploration of context, comparison with other genres and other literatures, and reference to novels from earlier periods. This companionable introduction includes a chronology and guide to further reading.
Grand Dictionnaire universel du 19e siècle. - Full Text downlodable from Gallica. Important French encyclopedia published from 1865-1890. Combines features of a dictionary and encyclopedia, with a substantial number of entries on literature and biography.
The Cambridge Companion to French Literature by John D. Lyons (Editor)
Publication Date: 2015-11-16
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.
Cambridge Core - (Chapters in Books) Francophone Litterature
Please Note: The following authors are not in Cambridge Core: Léon-Gontran Damas; René Depestre; Linda Lê; René Maran; Schwartz-Bart; Ousmane Sembene; Chantal T. Spitz; Marie Vieux-Chauvet.
The Cambridge Introduction to Francophone Literature by Patrick Corcoran
Publication Date: Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
The literature of French-speaking countries forms a distinct body of work quite separate from literature written in France itself, offering a passionate creative engagement with their postcolonial cultures. This book provides an introduction to the literatures that have emerged in the French-speaking countries and regions of the world in recent decades, illustrating their astonishing breadth and diversity, and exploring their constant state of tension with the literature of France. The study opens with a wide-ranging discussion of the idea of francophonie. Each chapter then provides readers with historical background to a particular region and identifies the key issues that have influenced the emergence of a literature in French, before going on to examine in detail a selection of the major writers. These case studies tackle many of the key authors of the francophone world, as well as authors writing today.
Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing by Celia Britton
Publication Date: Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014
This book analyses French Caribbean writing from the point of view of its language and literary form - questions which until recently were somewhat neglected in postcolonial studies but are now becoming an important area of research. Britton supplements postcolonial theory with structuralismand poststructuralism to show how analysis of the textual illuminates the political and ideological positions of the writers. Topics including genre, intertextuality, narrative voice, discursive agency, orality, the "creolization" of languages and the renewal of realism are discussed in relation toGlissant, Cesaire, Menil, Chamoiseau, Confiant, Depestre, Conde, Schwarz-Bart, Pineau and Maximin.