French Global: A New Approach to Literary History

French Global: A New Approach to Literary History

By: Christie McDonald (editor), Susan Suleiman (editor)Hardback

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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.

About 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 Heloise, 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.


Introduction: The National and the Global, by Susan Rubin Suleiman and Christie McDonald Acknowledgments Part I. Spaces 1. Worlding Medieval French, by Sharon Kinoshita 2. "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel via Oronce Fine, by Tom Conley 3. The Global and the Figural: Early Modern Reflections on Boundary-Crossing, by Jacob Vance 4. Globality and Classicism: The Moralists Encounter the Self, by Eric Mechoulan 5. From the Rectangle to the Globe: Theater in the Ancien Regime, by Jerome Brillaud 6. Planetary Perspectives in Enlightenment Fiction and Science, by Natasha Lee 7. Homesickness in an Expanding World: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Lyric, by Evelyne Ender 8. Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism, by Francoise Lionnet 9. Literature, Space, and the French Nation-State After the 1950s, by Verena Andermatt Conley 10. All Over the Place: Global Women Writers and the Maghreb, by Alison Rice Part II. Mobilities 11. Speaking the Other: Constructing Frenchness in Medieval England, by Kimberlee Campbell 12. Walking East in the Renaissance, by Philip John Usher 13. Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal, by Faith E. Beasley 14. On the Ethnographic Imagination in the Eighteenth Century, by Christie McDonald 15. The Slave Trade, La Francafrique, and the Globalization of French, by Christopher L. Miller 16. The Voyage and Its Others: Nineteenth-Century Inscriptions of Mobility, by Janet Beizer 17. Traffic in Translation: Rereading Supervielle, by Sylvia Molloy 18. From the French Roman Colonial to the Francophone Postcolonial Novel: Rene Maran as Precursor, by F. Abiola Irele 19. French Literature in the World System of Translation, by Gisele Sapiro 20. Intellectuals Without Borders, by Lawrence D. Kritzman Part III. Multiplicities 21. Language, Literature, and Identity in the Middle Ages, by Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet 22. Negotiating with Gender Otherness: French Literary History Revisited, by Danielle Haase-Dubosc 23. Specters of Multiplicity: Eighteenth-Century Literature Revisited from the Outside In, by Yves Citton 24. Speculation and Economic Xenophobia as Literary World Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Business Novel, by Emily Apter 25. Jews and the Construction of French Identity from Balzac to Proust, by Maurice Samuels 26. Traversal of Languages: The Quebecois Laboratory, by Lise Gauvin 27. Space, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary Fiction: Duras, Genet, Ndiaye, by Michael Sheringham 28. "Presence Antillaise": Hybridity and the Contemporary French Literary Landscape, by Mylene Priam 29. Choosing French: Language, Foreignness, and the Canon (Beckett/Nemirovsky), by Susan Rubin Suleiman Bibliography List of Contributors, by Index, by

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  • ISBN13: 9780231147408
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9780231147408
  • ISBN10: 0231147406

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