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

Zola épistolier ou comment se réhabiliter par les lettres

Zola used personal correspondence as a tool to control his public as well as his Private image, not only for the benefit of his contemporaries, but also for a hoped-for posterity.

Soundouss El Kettani

The Needle and the Pen: Etching and the Goncourt Brothers’ Novels

This article examines Jules and Edmond de Goncourt’s novels in the context of the nineteenth-century etching revival and the brothers’ personal experience as aquafortistes, proposing that their engagement with etching i

Rachel Skokowski

Literary Terror to Advance Democracy? Victor Hugo, Rancière, and the Body

This article examines Victor Hugo’s claim to use a “93 littéraire” to advance democracy.

Cory Browning

Smoke and Mirrors: Secret Societies and Self-Reflexivity in the mystères urbains

This article reflects on the literary-theoretical and literary-historical significance of secret societies in the mystères urbains, a large corpus of popular novels produced in the latter half of the nineteenth century

Amy Wigelsworth

Looking at the Colonial Atlantic, Ironically: Slavery and the Idea of Africa in Eugène Sue’s Atar-Gull

This article explores the ideological implications of representations of the colonial Atlantic in Eugène Sue’s 1831 novel Atar-Gull.

Clint Bruce

The Fantastic (as) Negligent Orientalism in Honoré de Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin

This article begins by examining how depictions of the fantastic in Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin rely on associations with the Orient.

Michelle C. Lee

Incipit: Reflections on Gender Studies in Our Field


Colin Foss, François Proulx, Raisa Rexer, and Jessica Tanner, edited by Rachel Mesch
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