French Global: A New Approach to Literary History by Christie McDonald

French Global: A New Approach to Literary History

byChristie McDonald, Susan Suleiman

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Is it possible to reread the entire sweep of French literature from a world perspective? Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted both within and outside of France's national boundaries, this volume offers a new way of looking at the history of a national literature, along with a truly global and contemporary understanding of language, literature, and culture.

Questions concerning the relationship between France's territorial center and its extraterritorial peripheries are crucial to contemporary discussions of Francophonie. Boldly extending these and related questions to a whole range of French literature, the essays in this volume explore spaces, mobilities, and multiplicities from the Middle Ages to the present. They rethink literary history not in terms of national boundaries, as traditional literary histories have done, but in terms of a global paradigm that emphasizes border crossings and encounters with "others." Contributors offer new ways of reading canonical texts and considering other texts that are not part of the traditional canon. By emphasizing diverse conceptions of language, text, space, and nation, they offer a model approach that remains sensitive to the specificities of time and place and to the theoretical concerns that inform the study of national literatures in the twenty-first century.

Christie McDonald is Smith Professor of French Language and Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. Her books include The Extravagant Shepherd: A Study of the Pastoral Vision in Rousseau's Nouvelle Héloïse, Dispositions on Music and Text, The Dialogue of Writing: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Litera...
Title:French Global: A New Approach to Literary HistoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 3, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The National and the Global, by 000
Susan Rubin Suleiman and Christie McDonald
Acknowledgments, by 000
Part I Spaces
1. Worlding Medieval French, by 000
Sharon Kinoshita
2. "There's a New World Here": Pantagruel via Oronce Finé, by 000
Tom Conley
3. The Global and the Figural: Early Modern Reflections on Boundary-Crossing, by 000
Jacob Vance
4. Globality and Classicism: The Moralists Encounter the Self, by 000
Eric Méchoulan
5. From the Rectangle to the Globe: Theater in the Ancien Régime, by 000
Jérôme Brillaud
6. Planetary Perspectives in Enlightenment Fiction and Science, by 000
Natasha Lee
7. Homesickness in an Expanding World: The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Lyric, by 000
Evelyne Ender
8. Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism, by 000
Françoise Lionnet
9. Literature, Space, and the French Nation-State After the 1950s, by 000
Verena Andermatt Conley
10. All Over the Place: Global Women Writers and the Maghreb, by 000
Alison Rice

Part II Mobilities
11. Speaking the Other: Constructing Frenchness in Medieval England, by 000
Kimberlee Campbell
12. Walking East in the Renaissance, by 000
Philip John Usher
13. Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal, by 000
Faith E. Beasley
14. On the Ethnographic Imagination in the Eighteenth Century, by 000
Christie McDonald
15. The Slave Trade, La Françafrique, and the Globalization of French, by 000
Christopher L. Miller
16. The Voyage and Its Others: Nineteenth-Century Inscriptions of Mobility, by 000
Janet Beizer
17. Traffic in Translation: Rereading Supervielle, by 000
Sylvia Molloy
18. From the French Roman Colonial to the Francophone Postcolonial Novel:
René Maran as Precursor, by 000
F. Abiola Irele
19. French Literature in the World System of Translation, by 000
Gisèle Sapiro
20. Intellectuals Without Borders, by 000
Lawrence D. Kritzman

Part III Multiplicities
21. Language, Literature, and Identity in the Middle Ages, by 000
Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet
22. Negotiating with Gender Otherness: French Literary History Revisited, by 000
Danielle Haase-Dubosc
23. Specters of Multiplicity: Eighteenth-Century Literature Revisited from the Outside In, by 000
Yves Citton
24. Speculation and Economic Xenophobia as Literary World Systems: The Nineteenth-Century Business Novel, by 000
Emily Apter
25. Jews and the Construction of French Identity from Balzac to Proust, by 000
Maurice Samuels
26. Traversal of Languages: The Québecois Laboratory, by 000
Lise Gauvin
27. Space, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary Fiction: Duras, Genet, Ndiaye, by 000
Michael Sheringham
28. "Présence Antillaise": Hybridity and the Contemporary French Literary Landscape, by 000
Mylène Priam
29. Choosing French: Language, Foreignness, and the Canon (Beckett/Némirovsky), by 000
Susan Rubin Suleiman
List of Contributors, by 000
Index, by 000

Editorial Reviews

an innovative work first and foremost for reintroducing literary history as an approach to reading texts.