A Short History Of French Literature

Paperback | January 12, 2006

bySARAH KAY, Terence Cave, Malcolm Bowie

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This book traces the history of French literature from its beginnings to the present. Within its remarkably brief compass, it offers a wide-ranging, personal, and detailed account of major writers and movements. Developments in French literature are presented in an innovative way, not as aneven sequence of literary events but as a series of stories told at varying pace and with different kinds of focus. Readers can thus take in the broad sweep of historical change, grasp the main characteristics of major periods, or enjoy a close appraisal of individual works and their contexts. Thebook is written in an accessible and non-technical style that will make it attractive to students and to all those who enjoy French Literature.

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This book traces the history of French literature from its beginnings to the present. Within its remarkably brief compass, it offers a wide-ranging, personal, and detailed account of major writers and movements. Developments in French literature are presented in an innovative way, not as aneven sequence of literary events but as a seri...

Sarah Kay is Professor of French and Occitan Literature, University of Cambridge Terence Cave is Emeritus Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford Malcolm Bowie, formerly Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford, is now Master of Christ's Col...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:January 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199291187

ISBN - 13:9780199291182

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Introduction: The Long ViewPart I: The Middle Ages: From the Earliest Texts to 1470Overview of the PeriodThe Period in Close-UpPart II: The Early Modern Period: 1470-1789Overview of the PeriodThe Period in Close-UpPart III: The Modern Period: 1789-2000Overview of the PeriodThe Period in Close-UpSuggestions for Further Reading

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`this book inherits an academic tradition of brevity, intelligence and elegance'El Pais