French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 1, 2010

byJohn D. Lyons

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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.

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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, a...

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 Nouvelle and is a former director of the American C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568723

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Table of Contents

1. Werewolves, Saints, Knights, and a Poete Maudit2. The Last Roman, "Cannibals", Heroines of Modern Life, and Giants3. Society and Its Demands4. Nature and its Possibilities5. Around the Revolution6. The Hunchback, the Housewife, and the Stroller7. From Marcel to Rrose Selavy8. Self-Centered Consciousness9. French-speaking heroes without borders?