Joris-Karl Huysmans, A Dénicheur of Jules Chéret's Posters

This article analyzes Joris-Karl Huysmans's essay on French poster designer Jules Chéret (1836-1932) as an early example of art criticism devoted to mass-produced advertising posters.

Karen L. Carter

Une fissure dans l'édifice colonial: inquiétante étrangeté ou agentivité féminine?Le cas de quatre nouvelles de Maupassant

This article looks at four short stories published by Guy de Maupassant after his first trip to Algeria: "Allouma," "Marroca," "Mohammed-fripouille," and "Un soir." Through an analysis of the representations made of the stories'

Carla Calargé

Nana, Prostitution and the Textual Foundations of Zola's Au Bonheur des Dames

This article considers the textual forces operating in Au Bonheur des Dames, Zola's 1883 novel on modern commerce.

Steven Wilson

Reading/Developing Images: Baudelaire, Benjamin, and the Advent of Photography

This article reassesses Charles Baudelaire's stance toward photography and investigates how the subject of photography is treated by him poetically.

Marit Grøtta

Workers and Wives as Legible Types in Eugène Sue's Les Mystères de Paris

Eugène Sue's Les Mystères de Paris (1842-43) guides readers through the lower-class and criminal sectors of Paris using the conventions of character typology popularized by the urban guides and tableaux of the 1830s and

Elizabeth Erbeznik

Revolutionizing the Fossilized: Balzac and Janin's Naturalist Discourse in Les Français peints par eux-mêmes

This article questions the panoramic genre through a study of Les Français peints par eux-mêmes and its relation with natural history.

Pauline de Tholozany

Un enlèvement peut en cacher un autre: Kidnapping the Past in La Duchesse de Langeais

In La Duchesse de Langeais (1834), Balzac indicts the Restoration aristocracy for its egotistical disregard for the recent past.

Elisabeth Gerwin

Ex-dono Charles Nodier. Les pérégrinations d'une bibliothèque de voyage en Écosse

This study accurately runs through all the editions and translations of Ossian's poems and Scott's "Lady of the Lake" consulted by Nodier in order to prepare his travel to Scotland.

Sébastien Vacelet

Trading on Cultural Capital: Madame de Staël's Politics of Literature

This article examines how Staël was able to sustain her public status even while in exile, especially in light of her continued commitment to Revolutionary (although not strictly democratic) ideals and her public opposition to Napoleonic ideology.

Beatrice Guenther

Le Moderne absolu? Rimbaud et la contre-modernité

Though Arthur Rimbaud’s “modernity” can hardly be seriously questioned, the contours and stakes of that aesthetic posture continue to raise questions: is there room for considering him, as Antoine Compagnon does, an “anti-modern”?

St. Clair, Robert


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