French Global: A New Approach to Literary History [NOOK Book]

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Is it possible to reread the entire sweep of French literature from a world perspective? Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted both within and outside of France's national boundaries, this volume offers a new way of looking at the history of a national literature, along with a truly global and contemporary understanding of language, literature, and culture.

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Overview

Is it possible to reread the entire sweep of French literature from a world perspective? Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted both within and outside of France's national boundaries, this volume offers a new way of looking at the history of a national literature, along with a truly global and contemporary understanding of language, literature, and culture.

Questions concerning the relationship between France's territorial center and its extraterritorial peripheries are crucial to contemporary discussions of Francophonie. Boldly extending these and related questions to a whole range of French literature, the essays in this volume explore spaces, mobilities, and multiplicities from the Middle Ages to the present. They rethink literary history not in terms of national boundaries, as traditional literary histories have done, but in terms of a global paradigm that emphasizes border crossings and encounters with "others." Contributors offer new ways of reading canonical texts and considering other texts that are not part of the traditional canon. By emphasizing diverse conceptions of language, text, space, and nation, they offer a model approach that remains sensitive to the specificities of time and place and to the theoretical concerns that inform the study of national literatures in the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

French Studies
...a powerful and persuasive revision of the monumental and monolithic idea of French literature, redefined as a multifaceted process fraught with differences and contradictions and bearing the stamp of transnational movements.

— Oana Panaite

H-France
French Global is an invaluable text for students and scholars of French-speaking literatures and cultures.

— Arcana Albright

Mitchell Greenberg
French Global marks a unique and innovative approach to the history of "French" literary studies. It is the great merit and originality of this volume to propose an open, cross-cultural narrative of the heterogeneity that has always been a part of French literary production. This book is a welcome reference tool that offers students of French a useful guide to an alternative reading of French literature and literary history.
Philip Stewart
In a fascinating chronological series of mental voyages beyond the usual territorial boundaries, this comprehensive and rich compendium represents the beginning of the end—or perhaps the end—of 'national' literature, while retaining the specificity of a language of expression and helping us rethink the usual paradigms of French literature 'from the outside in,' as if 'Francophonie' had always existed.
Marianne Hirsch
In our era of comparatism, world literature and 'littérature-monde,' cosmopolitanism, and universalism and migration, the idea of a national literature may well be obsolete. Yet this is not exactly what readers of French Global will find. Read together, these rewarding essays present a more fraught relation between the global and the national, or the local, and a more complex history leading to an accent on 'worlding' and cultural interconnections. Paradoxically, perhaps, they adumbrate a multifaceted series of specifically French conceptions of the global.
French Studies - Oana Panaite
...a powerful and persuasive revision of the monumental and monolithic idea of French literature, redefined as a multifaceted process fraught with differences and contradictions and bearing the stamp of transnational movements.
H-France - Arcana Albright
French Global is an invaluable text for students and scholars of French-speaking literatures and cultures.
European Legacy - Maria Lupas
an innovative work first and foremost for reintroducing literary history as an approach to reading texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231519229
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Christie McDonald is Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Her books include The Extravagant Shepherd: A Study of the Pastoral Vision in Rousseau's Nouvelle Héloïse, Dispositions on Music and Text, The Dialogue of Writing: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Literature, and The Proustian Fabric.

Susan Rubin Suleiman is C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Her books include Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Authoritarian Fictions: The Ideological Novel as a Literary Genre, and Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics, and the Avant-Garde.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The National and the Global Christie McDonald McDonald, Christie

Acknowledgments

PART I SPACES

1 Worlding Medieval French Sharon Kinoshita Kinoshita, Sharon 3

2 "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel via Oronce Fine Tom Conley Conley, Tom 21

3 The Global and the Figural: Early Modern Reflections on Boundary-Crossing Jacob Vance Vance, Jacob 42

4 Globality and Classicism: The Moralists Encounter the Self Eric Mechoulan Mechoulan, Eric 61

5 From the Rectangle to the Globe: Theater in the Ancien Regime Jerome Brillaud Brillaud, Jerome 79

6 Planetary Perspectives in Enlightenment Fiction and Science Natasha Lee Lee, Natasha 94

7 Homesickness in an Expanding World: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Lyric Evelyne Ender Ender, Evelyne 110

8 Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism Francoise Lionnet Lionnet, Francoise 127

9 Literature, Space, and the French Nation-State After the 1950s Verena Andermatt Conley Conley, Verena Andermatt 145

10 All Over the Place: Global Women Writers and the Maghreb Alison Rice Rice, Alison 160

PART II MOBILITIES

11 Speaking the Other: Constructing Frenchness in Medieval England Kimberlee Campbell Campbell, Kimberlee 179

12 Walking East in the Renaissance Phillip John Usher Usher, Phillip John 193

13 Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal Faith E. Beasley Beasley, Faith E. 207

14 On the Ethnographic Imagination in the Eighteenth Century Christie McDonald McDonald, Christie 223

15 The Slave Trade, La Francafrique, and the Globalization of French Christopher L. Miller Miller, Christopher L. 240

16 The Voyage and Its Others: Nineteenth-Century Inscriptions of Mobility Janet Beizer Beizer, Janet 257

17 Traffic in Translation: Rereading Supervielle Sylvia Molloy Molloy, Sylvia 273

18 From the French Roman Colonial to the Francophone Postcolonial Novel: Rene Maran as Precursor F. Abiola Irele Irele, F. Abiola 282

19 French Literature in the World System of Translation Gisele Sapiro Sapiro, Gisele 298

20 Intellectuals Without Borders Lawrence D. Kritzman Kritzman, Lawrence D. 320

PART III MULTIPLICITIES

21 Language, Literature, and Identity in the Middle Ages Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet Cerquiglini-Toulet, Jacqueline 339

22 Negotiating with Gender Otherness: French Literary History Revisited Danielle Haase-Dubosc Haase-Dubosc, Danielle 352

23 Specters of Multiplicity: Eighteenth-Century Literature Revisited from the Outside In Yves Citton Citton, Yves 372

24 Speculation and Economic Xenophobia as Literary World Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Business Novel Emily Apter Apter, Emily 388

25 Jews and the Construction of French Identity from Balzac to Proust Maurice Samuels Samuels, Maurice 404

26 Traversal of Languages: The Quebecois Laboratory Lise Gauvin Gauvin, Lise 419

27 Space, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary Fiction: Duras, Genet, Ndiaye Michael Sheringham Sheringham, Michael 437

28 "Presence Antillaise": Hybridity and the Contemporary French Literary Landscape Mylene Priam Priam, Mylene 453

29 Choosing French: Language, Foreignness, and the Canon (Beckett/Nemirovsky) Susan Rubin Suleiman Suleiman, Susan Rubin 471

Bibliography 489

List of Contributors 529

Index 535

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