In The Shape of Change, Anne L. Birberick and Russell Ganim bring together essays by fourteen established scholars who dedicate their studies to David Rubin as they explore the ways in which artistic endeavor shapes and is shaped by literary memory. The volume is divided into two sections. The first section, "Continuity and Discontinuity," offers essays by Jody Enders, Timothy Reiss, Twyla Meding, Marie-Odile Sweetser, Robert Corum, Jr., and the editors themselves and considers the ways in which seventeenth-century authors draw upon generic conventions or diverse artistic media to create works that reflect the aesthetic and moral values of their time. The second section, entitled "La Fontaine," focuses primarily on Jean de La Fontaine's masterpiece, Les Fables. Here the problem of imitation and innovation as it relates to genre, influence, and literary reputation is examined in essays by Jules Brody, Richard Danner, Judd Hubert, Catherine Grise, Michael Vincent, Nicholas Cronk, and Ralph Albanese, Jr. The Shape of Change serves as a fine scholarly contribution to the studies of French seventeenth-century literature and La Fontaine.
The essays are thoughtful as well as thought provoking and the volume's critical diversity is nicely balanced by its thematic coherence. In its ability to stimulate new thinking, this collection of essays will be of interest to both students and scholars of early modern France.
Acknowledgments Introduction I. CONTINUITY AND DISCONTINUITY Jody Enders: The Theatrical Memory of Denis Coppe's Sanglante et Pitoyable tragedie de nostre Saveur et Redempteur Jesu-Christ Timothy Reiss: Andromaque and the Search for Unique Sovereignty Russell Ganim: Through the Talking Glass: Translucence and Translation in the Conde Museum's Psyche Gallery Twyla Meding: Translation as Appropriation: The Case of Maria de Zayas's El Prevendio enganado and Paul Scarron's La Precaution inutile Marie-Odile Sweetser: The Art of Praise from Malherbe to La Fontaine Anne L. Birberick: Drink, Eat, and Write: Saint-Amant's Gastronomic Discourse Robert T. Corum, Jr.: The Rhetoric of Disgust and Contempt in Boileau II. LA FONTAINE Jules Brody : " L'Alouette et ses petits " (4.22) : Reflections on La Fontaine's " esprit critique " Richard Danner : Monkey Rhetoric and Donkey Discourse : Irony and Relativism in " Le Lion, le singe et les deux anes " (Fables 11.5) Judd Hubert : Displacement in La Fontaine's Fables from Metaphor to Theater Catherine Grise: La Fontaine's 'Les Filles de Minee': Weaving a Poetic Narrative Michael Vincent : Illustration, Image, and Emblem in La Fontaine's Fables Nicholas Cronk : Reading La Fontaine and Writing Literary History in the Eighteenth Century : The Problem of Voltaire Ralph Albanese, Jr.: La Fontaine and the Teaching of Frenchness David Lee Rubin Selected Publications Notes on Contributors