Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted 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.
The relationship between France's national territory and other regions of the world where French is spoken and written (most of them former colonies) has long been central to discussions of "Francophonie." Boldly expanding such discussions to the whole range of French literature, the essays in this volume explore spaces, mobilities, and multiplicities from the Middle Ages to today. 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, these essays establish a model approach that remains sensitive to the specificities of time and place and to the theoretical concerns informing the study of national literatures in the twenty-first century.
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About 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, by 000Susan Rubin Suleiman and Christie McDonaldAcknowledgments, by 000Part I Spaces1. Worlding Medieval French, by 000Sharon Kinoshita2. "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel via Oronce Finé, by 000Tom Conley3. The Global and the Figural: Early ModernReflections onBoundary-Crossing, by 000Jacob Vance4. Globality and Classicism: The Moralists Encounter the Self, by 000Eric Méchoulan5. From the Rectangle to the Globe: Theater in the Ancien Régime, by 000Jérôme Brillaud6. Planetary Perspectives in Enlightenment Fiction and Science, by 000Natasha Lee7. Homesickness in an Expanding World: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Lyric, by 000Evelyne Ender8. Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism, by 000Françoise Lionnet9. Literature, Space, and the French Nation-State After the 1950s, by 000Verena Andermatt Conley10. All Over the Place: Global Women Writers and the Maghreb, by 000Alison Rice
Part II Mobilities11. Speaking the Other: Constructing Frenchness in Medieval England, by 000Kimberlee Campbell12. Walking East in the Renaissance, by 000Philip John Usher13. Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal, by 000Faith E. Beasley14. On the Ethnographic Imagination in the Eighteenth Century, by 000Christie McDonald15. The Slave Trade, La Françafrique, and the Globalization of French, by 000Christopher L. Miller16. The Voyage and Its Others: Nineteenth-Century Inscriptions of Mobility, by 000Janet Beizer17. Traffic in Translation: Rereading Supervielle, by 000Sylvia Molloy18. From the French Roman Colonial to the Francophone Postcolonial Novel:René Maran as Precursor, by 000F. Abiola Irele19. French Literature in the World System of Translation, by 000Gisèle Sapiro20. Intellectuals Without Borders, by 000Lawrence D. Kritzman
Part III Multiplicities21. Language, Literature, and Identity in the Middle Ages, by 000Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet22. Negotiating with Gender Otherness: French Literary History Revisited, by 000Danielle Haase-Dubosc23. Specters of Multiplicity: Eighteenth-Century Literature Revisited from the Outside In, by 000Yves Citton24. Speculation and Economic Xenophobia as Literary World Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Business Novel, by 000Emily Apter25. Jews and the Construction of French Identity from Balzac to Proust, by 000Maurice Samuels26. Traversal of Languages: The Québecois Laboratory, by 000Lise Gauvin27. Space, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary Fiction: Duras, Genet, Ndiaye, by 000Michael Sheringham28. "Présence Antillaise": Hybridity and the Contemporary French Literary Landscape, by 000Mylène Priam29. Choosing French: Language, Foreignness, and the Canon (Beckett/Némirovsky), by 000Susan Rubin SuleimanBibliographyList of Contributors, by 000Index, by 000
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