A History of French Literature: From Chanson de Geste to Cinema

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Ardent Media, 2004 - 606 σελίδες
This magnificent volume provides a complete history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day, taking us beyond traditional definitions of ‘literature' into the world of the best-seller and, beyond words, to graphic fiction and cinema

  • Presents a definitive history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day.
  • Incorporates coverage of Francophone writing in Europe, Canada, the West Indies and North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Links the development of literature to the mentalities and social conditions which produced it.
  • Takes us beyond “literature” to study graphic fiction, cinema and the bestseller.
  • Maps the rise of the Intellectual, and in so doing charts a progression from literary doctrine to critical theory.
 

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In this single-volume history of French literature for the 21st century, Coward (French, Univ. of Leeds, U.K.) offers a traditional approach to a vast topic. The result is a definitive overview that ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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chapter page I The Origins of French and of French Literature
3
The Epic
14
Romance
28
Lyric Poetry
41
History Biography and Chronicles
51
Fable Literature and Short Stories
62
The Drama
71
Philosophy
86
Religion Morals and Education
345
Racine
350
Moliere
362
Boileau The Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns
376
Pulpit Oratory Bossuet Bourdaloue
388
Fenelon
400
The Women of the Grand Siecle
409
Men of the World Scholars Journalists and Moralists
419

Erudition Didactic and Allegorical Literature
97
The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
111
PART II
125
The Renaissance
127
The Growth of Humanism
135
The Transition in Poetry The Rhetoriqueurs Lemaire Marot
144
The Platonists
155
Rabelais
164
The Pleiade and its Theories
174
The Pleiade and its Work
188
The New Philosophy and the New Humanism
199
The Drama
209
Reformers and Huguenots
220
CHAPTER PAGE XI Montaigne
231
Authors oe Memoirs Historians and Political Writers
242
PART III
249
Transition Writers The Reign of Henry IV
251
The Reform in Poetry Malherbe His Friends and Foes
261
The Reform in Prose and the Growth of Criticism Balzac The Academy Vaugelas Chapelain
270
Their Exaggerations
276
The Novel The Epic Satire
284
The Drama
292
CORNEILLE ROTROU
305
Philosophy Descartes Cartesianism
321
Religion Jansenism PortRoyal Pascal
332
La Fontaine and the Poets
434
PART IV
441
The Eighteenth Century
443
Bayle and Fontenelle
451
The esprit of the Eighteenth Century The salons Journalists
459
CHAPTER PAGE IV Tragedy
467
Regular Comedy the Comedy of the Italians the Tearful Comedy and drame bourgeois the Thidtre de la Foire Opera
476
Fiction
489
Montesquieu Political Theorists Historians Moralists
495
Voltaire
505
Rousseau
518
Diderot and the Encyclopedia
536
The philosophes and their Followers
546
Buffon and SaintPierre
557
EighteenthCentury Poetry
564
EighteenthCentury Poetry continued
570
Beaumarchais The Coming of the Revolution
581
The Revolution
587
PART V
599
The Empire
601
Madame De Stal
609
Chateaubriand
616
Victor Hugo 682
625
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David Coward is Research Professor in French at the University of Leeds. He has written widely on the literature and culture of France since 1700 and has translated tales by Sade and Maupassant, plays by Molière and novels by Diderot and Dumas fils. His English version of Albert Cohen's Belle du Seigneur was awarded the Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Translation in 1996. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is a contributor to the literary pages of magazines and newspapers in the UK and US.

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