A guide to French literature : from early modern to postmodern /

Main Author: Birkett, Jennifer.
Other Authors: Kearns, James, 1947-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
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Table of Contents:
  • Renaissance and Reform, 1515-1600. Stating the Subject ; Forging a Language ; Towards a New Sensibility ; Subject to Reform: The Religious Factor ; Michel de Montaigne (1533-92): The Body in History.
  • Classicism: Writing in the Absolute State, 1600-80. Subject to Authority ; Dramatising Matters ; The Tragic Perspective: Negotiating with History ; Comic Conclusions ; Maximising Morality.
  • Enlightenment and Revolution, 1680-1815. A Room with a View ; Scientific Subjects ; Dreams of Reason: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; Expanding Horizons ; A Novel Subject ; Revolutionising the Subject.
  • Restoration to Revolution, 1815-48. The Age of History ; Socio-Economic Conditions of Literature ; The Development of Paris ; Romanticisms ; Staging Romanticism ; The Rise of the Novel ; Women's Stories ; New Voices and Forms in French Poetry.
  • Reactions to Revolution, 1848-71. Conservative Progress ; New Novels ; Post-Romantic Positions in Poetry.
  • The First Inter-War Years, 1871-1914. Naturalism's Narrative Closures ; History as Fiction ; Poetical Openings ; Anti-Positivist Reactions: Decadence and Symbolism ; After Symbolism ; The Dreyfus Affair ; The Novel in Crisis? ; Poems Down to Earth and Up to Heaven.
  • Changing Language and Changing Worlds.
  • Changing Forms and Subjects. The Novel ; Poetry and its Purposes ; Theatre: Language in Performance.
  • Starting Fresh. Women/Writing/Women ; Writing the Interface: Francophonie.