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Nineteenth-Century French Poetry: Introductions to Close Reading

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This textbook provides undergraduate and graduate students of French literature with a completely new approach to the study of the golden age of French poetry. It consists of essays on eleven different poets from Lamartine to Mallarme and Laforgue, by eminent scholars representing a wide range of critical and theoretical viewpoints. Each of these essays focusses on the detailed organization of a single poem, and opens pathways for further study and discussion.

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Overview

This textbook provides undergraduate and graduate students of French literature with a completely new approach to the study of the golden age of French poetry. It consists of essays on eleven different poets from Lamartine to Mallarme and Laforgue, by eminent scholars representing a wide range of critical and theoretical viewpoints. Each of these essays focusses on the detailed organization of a single poem, and opens pathways for further study and discussion.

The method of close reading has been adopted in order to effect an introduction to the analysis of the 'basics' of poetic language (sound, metre, syntax, etc.), and in order to explore and illustrate some of the claims and arguments about poetry arising from developments in modern literary theory. Theoretical positions are posed and tested in the terms of practical analysis and interpretation.

Christopher Prendergast's introduction to the volume situates the essays in a series of general perspectives and contexts, and Clive Scott has provided an appendix on French versification.

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"I can well imagine a course on the advanced undergraduate and/or masters level being built around this book, with each chapter supplemented by an additional article or two on the same poem for purposes of comparison and poems referred to secondarily in the text examined in greater detail." Charles D. Minahen, SubStance

"...presents, as it intends to do, a clear, thorough, and intelligent introduction to contemporary literary theory and to what have long in fact figured among its preferred critical objects, nineteenth-century poetic texts." Mary Lewis Shaw, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

"This is an important collection....the writers of these essays have directed their efforts at all-encompassing readings that leave the reader satisfied that the texts in question have been examined in a thorough manner, with a genuine concern for an understanding of the poems in their entirety. The essays in this collection will undoubtedly encourage the students' efforts to understand the intricacies of French poetry and to appreciate the richness of the many theoretical approaches at their disposal." William Thompson, European Romantic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521345415
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/1990
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Introduction 1
2 The poem as hypothesis of origin: Lamartine's 'Le Lac' 29
3 The rhetoric of contemplation: Hugo's 'La Pente de la reverie' 48
4 The designs of prosody: Vigny's 'La Mort du Loup' 62
5 The lyric persona: Nerval's 'El Desdichado' 86
6 Under-reading at noon: Leconte de Lisle's 'Midi' 103
7 Intertextuality and interpretation: Baudelaire's 'Correspondances' 118
8 Questions of metaphor: Gautier's 'La Nue' 138
9 Training for modernity: Verlaine's 'Le Paysage dans le cadre des portieres...' 157
10 Sylleptic symbols: Rimband's 'Memoire' 178
11 Poetry and cliche: Laforgue's 'L'Hiver qui vient' 199
12 Genius at nightfall: Mallarme's 'Quand l'ombre menaca de la fatale loi...' 225
Appendix French versification: a summary 243
References and suggestions for further reading 256
Index 259
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