Textual Promiscuities

Author: Antoinette Marie Sol

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838755006

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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"Drawing on correspondence, novels, literary criticism, and other documents by Riccoboni, Laclos, and Burney, Antoinette Sol demonstrates how these novelists, traditionally separated by nationality, gender, and genre, are in fact concerned with similar issues of individual authority and social criticism. She shows how arbitrary literary categorization of these writers as sentimental or libertine has kept their work from a reading which reveals their commonalities."--BOOK JACKET.

The Facts on File Companion to the French Novel

Author: Karen L. Taylor

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816074992

Category: Electronic books

Page: 497

View: 8181

French novels such as "Madame Bovary" and "The Stranger" are staples of high school and college literature courses. This work provides coverage of the French novel since its origins in the 16th century, with an emphasis on novels most commonly studied in high school and college courses in world literature and in French culture and civilization.

Intimate, Intrusive, and Triumphant

Author: Peter V. Conroy

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027217332

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 139

View: 8093

In both the real and the symbolic sense, the action of the Liaisons is writing letters, which is to say, giving the phrase an ontological twist, that writing is its own subject. Letters in an epistolary novel recount and reenact simultaneously, without distinction. Doing and telling are congruent, interchangeable, identical activities. The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are the principal characters in this novel because they know best how to use the word. They control and direct others through their writing. From our perspective, however, to listen well is an even more critical and fundamental activity than writing well. The ultimate victor in this novel of seduction and deception is not necessarily the one who writes best but rather he, or she, who reads best. Concentrating on the reader places the entire epistolary exchange in a new light and accentuates the use of the word as an instrument of power and the letter as a tool for domination.

Voegelinian Readings of Modern Literature

Author: Charles R. Embry

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826219152

Category: Philosophy

Page: 275

View: 4104

These essays supply a theoretical grounding for the reading of novels, poems, and plays and reveal how the Voegelinian perspective exposes the existential and philosophical dimensions of the literary works themselves. As a unit, this collection of essays shows how modern pieces of literature can symbolize their creators' participation in the human search for the truth of existence--just as myths, philosophical works, and religious texts always have. Voegelin's primary concern as a philosopher was to expose the roots of the disturbances of the modern era--religious conflict, imperialism, war--so that the sources of order leading to meaning are revealed. The openness of Voegelinian thought and the many ways he considered the levels of reality generate intriguing themes for literary criticism.

Female Sexuality and Cultural Degradation in Enlightenment France

Author: Mary McAlpin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317135903

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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In her study of eighteenth-century literature and medical treatises, Mary McAlpin takes up the widespread belief among cultural philosophers of the French Enlightenment that society was gravely endangered by the effects of hyper-civilization. McAlpin's study explores a strong thread in this rhetoric of decline: the belief that premature puberty in young urban girls, supposedly brought on by their exposure to lascivious images, titillating novels, and lewd conversations, was the source of an increasing moral and physical degeneration. In how-to hygiene books intended for parents, the medical community declared that the only cure for this obviously involuntary departure from the "natural" path of sexual development was the increased surveillance of young girls. As these treatises by vitalist and vitalist-inspired physiologists became increasingly common in the 1760s, McAlpin shows, so, too, did the presence of young, vulnerable, and virginal heroines in the era's novels. Analyzing novels by, among others, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, and Choderlos de Laclos, she offers physiologically based readings of many of the period's most famous heroines within the context of an eighteenth-century discourse on women and heterosexual desire that broke with earlier periods in recasting female and male desire as qualitatively distinct. Her study persuasively argues that the Western view of women's sexuality as a mysterious, nebulous force-Freud's "dark continent"-has its secular origins in the mid-eighteenth century.

The Libertine's Nemesis

Author: James Fowler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351542958

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 183

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What is the role of the prude in the roman libertin? James Fowler argues that in the most famous novels of the genre (by Richardson, Crebillon fils, Laclos and Sade) the prude is not the libertine's victim but an equal and opposite force working against him, and that ultimately she brings retribution for his social, erotic and philosophical presumption. In a word, she is his Nemesis. He is vulnerable to her power because of the ambivalence he feels towards her; she is his ideological enemy, but also his ideal object. Moreover, the libertine succumbs to an involuntary nostalgia for the values of the Seventeenth Century, which the prude continues to embody through the age of Enlightenment. In Crebillon fils and Richardson, the encounter between libertine and prude is played out as a skirmish or duel between two individuals. In Laclos and Sade, the presence of female libertines (the Marquise de Merteuil and Juliette) allows that encounter to be reenacted within a murderous triangle.

Rose and Lotus

Author: Tonglin Lu

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791404645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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Compares the narrative expression of sexual sublimation and perversion in two 18th-century French novels with that in two classical Chinese novels. The works, Julie, ou la nouvelle Heloise and Les Liaisons dangereuses, and The Golden lotus and Dream of the red chamber, were chosen to illustrate a period before significant culture intercourse between the two countries, and because their status as major literary works has raised them above the particular context of their origin. Also available in paper (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Handbook of French Popular Culture

Author: Pierre L. Horn

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313261210

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

View: 7852

This book presents a series of highly readable, well-documented essays describing French life styles, attitudes, and entertainments as well as the writers and performers currently favored by the French public. Several chapters explore French tastes in popular literature and other reading matter, including comics, cartoons, mystery and spy fiction, newspapers and magazines, and science fiction. Film, popular music, radio, and television are also discussed in detail, and influences from other cultures--particularly American "imports"--are assessed. The remaining essays examine French sports, leisure, eating and drinking, and relations between men and women.