A Short History of French Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

This book traces the history of French literature from its beginnings to the present. Within its remarkably brief compass, it offers a wide-ranging, personal, and detailed—though selective—account of major writers and movements. Developments in French literature are presented in an innovative way, not as an even sequence of literary events but as a series of stories told at varying pace and with different kinds of focus. Readers can thus take in the broad sweep of historical change, grasp the main characteristics of major periods, or enjoy a close appraisal of individual works and their contexts. The book is written in an accessible and non-technical style that will make it attractive both to students of French and to non-specialist readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199291182
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cambridge University

Oxford University (Emeritus)

Christ's College, Cambridge

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Long View 1
Pt. I The Middle Ages: From the Earliest Texts to 1470 13
Pt. II The Early Modern Period: 1470-1789 97
Pt. III The Modern Period: 1789-2000 193
Postface 315
Suggestions for Further Reading 317
Sources of Quotations 325
Index 333
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