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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 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 to students and to all those who enjoy French Literature.
Malcolm Bowie, formerly Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford, is now Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
Introduction: The Long View ; PART I: THE MIDDLE AGES: FROM THE EARLIEST TEXTS TO 1470 ; Overview of the Period ; The Period in Close-Up ; PART II: THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD: 1470-1789 ; Overview of the Period ; The Period in Close-Up ; PART III: THE MODERN PERIOD: 1789-2000 ; Overview of the Period ; The Period in Close-Up ; Suggestions for Further Reading
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