French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Apr 22, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 137 pages
The heritage of literature in the French language is rich, varied, and extensive in time and space; appealing both to its immediate public, readers of French, and also to a global audience reached through translations and film adaptations. The first great works of this repertory were written in the twelfth century in northern France, and now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, include authors writing in many parts of the world, ranging from the Caribbean to Western Africa. French Literature: A Very Short Introduction introduces this lively literary world by focusing on texts - epics, novels, plays, poems, and screenplays - that concern protagonists whose adventures and conflicts reveal shifts in literary and social practices. From the hero of the medieval Song of Roland to the Caribbean heroines of I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem or the European expatriate in Japan in Fear and Trembling, these problematic protagonists allow us to understand what interests writers and readers across the wide world of French. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

meeting French literature
1
allegiance and character in the Middle Ages
5
antiquity and renewal
18
3 Society and its demands
32
4 Nature and its possibilities
46
5 Around the Revolution
58
6 The hunchback the housewife and the flâneur
72
7 From Marcel to Rrose Selavy
88
8 The selfcentred consciousness
104
9 Frenchspeaking heroes without borders?
117
Further reading
129
Index
133
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John D. Lyons received his B.A. in French from Brown University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Dartmouth College and at the University of Virginia, where he has been head of the Department of French. He has also been visiting professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelleand is a former director of the American Centre for Film and Critical Studies in Paris. John Lyons has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation.

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