The Oxford Book of French Short Stories

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This collection of French short stories in translation expands our idea of French writing by including new stories by women writers and by authors of Francophone origin. Spanning the centuries from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth, the collection opens with a rambunctious tale from the Marquis de Sade, takes in the masters of the nineteenth century, from Stendhal and Balzac to Maupassant, and reaches to Quebec, Africa, and the French Caribbean in the twentieth century. Women writers include relatively ...
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Overview

This collection of French short stories in translation expands our idea of French writing by including new stories by women writers and by authors of Francophone origin. Spanning the centuries from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth, the collection opens with a rambunctious tale from the Marquis de Sade, takes in the masters of the nineteenth century, from Stendhal and Balzac to Maupassant, and reaches to Quebec, Africa, and the French Caribbean in the twentieth century. Women writers include relatively well-known figures such as Renee Vivien, Colette, and Beauvoir, and newer writers such as Assia Djebar, Christiane Baroche, and Annie Saumont. The French short story is a rich and diverse medium, but all the stories selected share a common characteristic: they make reading exciting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192880376
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Fallaize is Fellow of French at St. John's College, Oxford, and editor of Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Reader (Routledge, 1998), French Women's Writing: Recent Fiction (Macmillan, 1993), and French Fiction in the Mitterand Years. She is a co-editor of the journal French Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Husband Who Said Mass 1
Vanina Vanini 7
The Coffee Pot 30
The Message 37
The Venus of Ille 49
Story of a Madman 74
The Last Lesson 78
A Simple Heart 83
The Necklace 111
At Sea 119
Gloomy Tale, Gloomier Teller 124
Knapsack at the Ready 131
The Lady with the She-Wolf 156
The Walking Stick 163
Gribiche 177
The Wall 205
The Man on the Street 221
An Errand 233
The Guest 237
Monologue 249
The Lily of the Valley Lay-by 270
Do You Remember the Rue d'Orchampt? 295
The Check-up 311
There Is No Exile 315
The Negro with the White Shadow 326
The Underwear of the Woman Up Above 333
The Finest Story in the World 339
Public Transit 344
Biographical Notes 347
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