A history of modern French literature : from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century

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An accessible and authoritative new history of French literature, written by a highly distinguished transatlantic group of scholars

This book provides an engaging, accessible, and exciting new history of French literature from the Renaissance through the twentieth century, from Rabelais and Marguerite de Navarre to Samuel Beckett and Assia Djebar. Christopher Prendergast, one of today's most distinguished authorities on French literature, has gathered a transatlantic group of more than thirty leading scholars who provide original essays on carefully selected writers, works, and topics that open a window onto key chapters of French literary history. The book begins in the sixteenth century with the formation of a modern national literary consciousness, and ends in the late twentieth century with the idea of the "national" coming increasingly into question as inherited meanings of "French" and "Frenchness" expand beyond the geographical limits of mainland France.

Provides an exciting new account of French literary history from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century Features more than thirty original essays on key writers, works, and topics, written by a distinguished transatlantic group of scholars Includes an introduction and index

The contributors include Etienne Beaulieu, Christopher Braider, Peter Brooks, Mary Ann Caws, David Coward, Nicholas Cronk, Edwin M. Duval, Mary Gallagher, Raymond Geuss, Timothy Hampton, Nicholas Harrison, Katherine Ibbett, Michael Lucey, Susan Maslan, Eric Méchoulan, Hassan Melehy, Larry F. Norman, Nicholas Paige, Roger Pearson, Christopher Prendergast, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Timothy J. Reiss, Sarah Rocheville, Pierre Saint-Amand, Clive Scott, Catriona Seth, Judith Sribnai, Joanna Stalnaker, Aleksandar Stević, Kate E. Tunstall, Steven Ungar, and Wes Williams.

Aims, Methods, Stories / Christopher Prendergast
The Frenchness of French Literature / David Coward
Erasmus and the "First Renaissance" in France / Edwin M. Duval
Rabelais and the Low Road to Modernity / Raymond Geuss
Marguerite de Navarre: Renaissance Woman / Wes Williams
Pierre Ronsard: Poet Laureate, Public Intellectual, Cultural Creator / Timothy Reiss
Du Bellay and La Deffence et illustration de la langue française / Hassan Melehy
Montaigne: Philosophy before Philosophy / Timothy Hampton
Molière, Theater, and Modernity / Christopher Braider
Racine, Phèdre and the French Classical Stage / Nicholas Paige
Listening In: Lafayette's La Princesse de Clèves and the Conversational Culture of Seventeenth-Century Fiction / Katherine Ibbett
From Moralists to Libertines / Eric Méchoulan
Women's Voices in Enlightenment France / Catriona Seth
The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns / Larry F. Norman
Voltaire's Candide: Lessons of Enlightenment and the Search for Truth / Nicholas Cronk
Disclosures of the Boudoir: The Novel in the Eighteenth Century / Pierre Saint Amand
Comedy in the Age of Reason / Susan Maslan
Diderot, Le Neveu de Rameau, and the Philosophe in Eighteenth-Century Paris / Kate Tunstall
Rousseau's First Person / Joanna Stalnaker
Travel Narratives in the Seventeenth Century: La Fontaine and Cyrano de Bergerac / Judith Sribnai
Realism, the Bildungsroman, and the Art of Self-Invention: Stendhal and Balzac / Aleksandar Stević
Victor Hugo and Romantic Drama: The (K)night of the Red / Sarah Rocheville and Étienne Beaulieu
Flaubert and Madame Bovary / Peter Brooks
Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud: Poetry, Consciousness and Modernity / Clive Scott
Mallarmé and Poetry: Stitching the Random / Roger Pearson
Becoming Proust in Time / Michael Lucey
Céline/Malraux: Politics and the Novel in the 1930s / Steven Ungar
André Breton, René Char, and Modern French Poetry / Mary Ann Caws
Aimé Césaire: Poetry and Politics / Mary Gallagher
Sartre's La Nausée and the Modern Novel / Christopher Prendergast
Beckett's French Contexts / Jean-Michel Rabaté
Assia Djebar and the Birth of "Francophone" Literature / Nicholas Harrison.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this splendid essay anthology, Prendergast (Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic) gathers a stellar cast of scholars to provide a wide-ranging and thoughtful introduction to French literature. Each essay focuses on an author or a group of authors to illustrate the ways that literature grows out of and frames its historical context. Raymond Geuss's essay on François Rabelais and Timothy Hampton's on Michel de Montaigne set these writers' texts against the 16th-century Wars of Religion; Steven Ungar's essay on Céline and André Malraux places them in the context of early 1930s political instability. The selections discuss literary as well as historical context. Katherine Ibbett reflects that a crucial scene of eavesdropping in Madame de Lafayette's 1678 La Princesse de Clèves "placed the public consumption of private conversation at the heart of this emerging genre [the novel]." Peter Brooks declares Madame Bovary the "only true 'realist' novel of the French nineteenth century"-in part because Flaubert remains completely neutral toward his characters and does not cast moral judgments on their behavior. Collections of essays are often uneven, but every contribution here brings the history of French literature to vivid life, providing rich insights and inviting well-repaid rereading. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects French literature -- History and criticism.
Publisher Princeton, New Jersey :Princeton University Press,2017
Contributors Prendergast, Christopher, editor.
Language English
Description vii, 725 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780691157726
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