The Sound Crack in Émile Zola’s La Bête humaine

Listening to the rumblings and screeches of trains in Émile Zola’s La Bête humaine is a means to understand how railway noise conveys mental fracture and modern alienation—what I am calling the “sound crack” playing on Gilles Deleuze’s we

Aimée Boutin

Se paysanner: Perilous Non-Contemporaneity in Joris-Karl Huysmans’s En rade

This article studies the temporal dynamics that underpin the representation of rural life and the peasantry in Joris-Karl Huysmans’s 1887 novel En rade.

Erag Ramizi

Flowers for Baudelaire: Urban Botany and Allegorical Writing

Since Walter Benjamin’s famous characterization of flânerie as a kind of botanizing on the asphalt, in “Das Paris des Second Empire bei Baudelaire,” critics have often sought to compare Charles Baudelaire to the figure of the bo

Doyle Calhoun

Paternal Law and the Abject in Ourika

Interpreting the malaise of Ourika, the eponymous heroine of Claire de Duras’s short novel of 1823, as melancholia does not go far enough in understanding the portrayal of racism, its underpinnings, and its effects in the novel.

Mary Jane Cowles

La célébrité au futur antérieur: comment Delille fut occulté des mémoires

Shared admirations belong to the “weak links” that, according to Gabriel Tarde, enhance the cohesion of a given community, what induces that their disappearance may reveal a new sociocultural configuration.

Muriel Louâpre

Les entrailles de la célébrité: le cadavre de Jacques Delille en 1813

Jacques Delille’s funeral in 1813 made clear the extent of his fame and popularity. The poet’s body was embalmed and exhibited at Collège de France, before being buried with pomp and circumstance at Père-Lachaise.

Timothée Léchot

Transferts de gloire: le panthéon scientifique de Delille

Between the Enlightenment and the Premier Empire, at a time when the French State makes its appreciation of “les grands hommes” official and monumental, Jacques Delille’s work creates a personal and original pantheon in which me

Nicolas Wanlin

"On récite déjà les vers qu’il fait encore": Delille victime du teasing?

One of the most surprising aspects of the glory that the poet Jacques Delille enjoyed during his lifetime is the fact that most of his works were famous long before they were published, thanks to the disclosure of fragments of t

Hugues Marchal

L’écriture en suspension ou l’“action restreinte” de Mallarmé

This article contends that Mallarmé’s writing is in suspension, in the sense that both the syntax and the reader’s interpretation are indecisive.

Alexandre Dubois

Partners in Crime? Scandalous Complicity Between Rachilde and Jean Lorrain

Rachilde (1860–1953) and Jean Lorrain (1855–1906) co-opted the titillating appeal of taboos surrounding gender and sexuality for the means of self-promotion.

Helen Craske


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