Textual Analysis

Musset's Souvenir and the Greater Romantic Lyric

A close reading of Musset's Souvenir reveals that it exhibits all the defining characteristics of an important genre that Meyer Abrams has called "the greater Romantic lyric." The poem also contains a structural element recurrin

Bishop, Lloyd O

Nerval: Transgression and the Amendment Riancey

The Amendement Riancey of 1851, prohibiting newspapers from printing romans-feuilletons by imposing fines upon the writer, enables Nerval to introduce the notion of transgression into accounts of his journalistic activities and

Dunn, Susan.

La Production du sens: `Un spectacle interrompu'

On the surface Stéphane Mallarmé's prose poem "Un spectacle interrompu" narrates the anecdote of a misinterpretation that interrupts the circulation-of-meaning understood as the contents of any traditional text established on di

Assad, Maria L

Hugo's Poetics of Harmony: Transcending Dissonance in Notre-Dame de Paris

The union of Gothic and Romanesque architecture in Notre-Dame de Paris exemplifies one of the major repeating patterns in Victor Hugo's novel-the triumph of harmony over apparent disorder.

Grossman, Kathryn M

Lamartine and the Negro

Many French writers have dealt in their works with the question of slavery. Some have defended this institution; few have denounced it openly as a crime against humanity.

Lafontant, Julien J

The Impossible Return to Nature in Maupassant's Bel-Ami or the Intellectual Heroine as Deviant

Madeleine experiences a trauma in the Norman forest that contradicts her liberated principles. The analysis of this key passage reveals the mechanism of her psychology and sheds light on Maupassant's naturalism.

Hamilton, James F

Alfred de Musset, ou l'univers de la discontinuité

A. de Musset's work is remarkable by its fragmented, unfinished and motley aspects which have been considered by some critics as an obvious proof of his creative powerlessness.

Castagnès, Gilles.

The Language of Hair in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Novelists use hairstyles as a kind of language. First, I examine the meanings and connotations of the terms for the changing hairstyles in nineteenth-century France. In novels they may suggest social status or character traits.

Rifelj, Carol.

Emigrations of l'Art pour l'Art to America

The imitation and adaptation of Gautier's enamel-and-cameo poetics by American poets, in particular by French Canadians and Latin Americans, reveal the inherent craftiness of a poetic craft whose irrelevancies and foreignness became relevant and l

Schick, Constance Gosselin.

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