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Maria Stehle And Beverly Weber. Precarious Intimacies: The Politics Of Touch In Contemporary Western European Cinema. Northwestern Up, 2020., Paul Ardoin 2021 University of Texas at San Antonio

Maria Stehle And Beverly Weber. Precarious Intimacies: The Politics Of Touch In Contemporary Western European Cinema. Northwestern Up, 2020., Paul Ardoin

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Maria Stehle and Beverly Weber. Precarious Intimacies: The Politics of Touch in Contemporary Western European Cinema. Northwestern UP, 2020. 197 pp.


The Stylistic Development Of Jean Despujols (1886-1965), Kelly M. Ward 2021 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

The Stylistic Development Of Jean Despujols (1886-1965), Kelly M. Ward

LSU Master's Theses

This thesis is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of the life and most extant works by Jean Despujols. The French and later naturalized American painter, writer, poet, philosopher, deep-thinker, and mystic was best known for his Neoclassical and academic style. This thesis briefly discusses the artist’s beginnings as a young painter at the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux and in Paris, his sketches in the trenches of the First World War, his time at the Villa Medicis after winning the distinguished Rome Prize, and his paintings and thoughts as a philosopher and political writer throughout his life. An ...


Systemic Complicity: Police Brutality And National Identity In Ladj Ly's Les Misérables, Lucia Hainline 2021 Trinity College

Systemic Complicity: Police Brutality And National Identity In Ladj Ly's Les Misérables, Lucia Hainline

Senior Theses and Projects

Inspired by his youth in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil, Ladj Ly’s first feature film explores the presence of the police in the banlieue from the point of view of a special crime unit. Released in 2019, after the murder of Adama Traoré and increased debate on police surveillance, Les Misérables portrays the contemporary reality of life in the suburbs through a shocking act of police brutality caught on camera and the events that follow for the policemen. This thesis explores the systems of the banlieue and their representation in the film and discusses how the shortfalls of the ...


Act Naturally: Francis Ponge's Morals And Measures Of Human Nature, Hugh Hochman 2021 Reed College

Act Naturally: Francis Ponge's Morals And Measures Of Human Nature, Hugh Hochman

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This article explores how a poetics of the nonhuman in the work of Francis Ponge underwrites a humanism wherein we no longer have to take sides in the conflict between the linguistic projects that tend toward subordination or comprehension of the nonhuman and the resistance that the nonhuman endlessly opposes to these projects. Close readings of texts that figure the defeat of reason in its linguistic expression of the nonhuman, as well as texts that figure human comportment in nonhuman tropes, reveal an ethical project of human well-being acting in agreement with its nature.


The Case Of The Dream Maker: Perec, Pontalis, And Dream Writing, Aubrey Gabel 2021 Columbia University

The Case Of The Dream Maker: Perec, Pontalis, And Dream Writing, Aubrey Gabel

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This article considers Georges Perec’s La Boutique obscure as a literary experiment in dream writing, by putting it in dialogue with French Freudianism, notably the clinical papers of J.-B. Pontalis, Perec’s long-time psychoanalyst. Pontalis describes a patient type, the "dream maker,” who provokes an extreme case of counter-transference and requires new methods in dream therapy. Pontalis, like many of Perec’s literary critics, was suspicious of the authenticity of Perec's dream journal and denied it both therapeutic and literary status. This article reinserts La Boutique obscure into Perec’s literary program. Through a discussion of the ...


Translating Nonsense: An Analysis Of The Poem “Jabberwocky” And Two French Translations, Kylie R. Deer 2021 Chapman University

Translating Nonsense: An Analysis Of The Poem “Jabberwocky” And Two French Translations, Kylie R. Deer

Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Is it possible to translate nonsense? If yes, then how?

Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” is a nonsense poem in which many of the words are invented out of the author’s imagination. As a result, readers depend on Carroll to explain the meanings of such words. The first stanza of “Jabberwocky,” chosen since it contains the largest number of nonsense words in the poem, was analyzed and compared to the first stanza of two French translations (“Le Jaseroque” by Frank L. Warrin and “Bredoulocheux” by Henri Parisot). A word-by-word, and to an extent, syllable-by-syllable close reading of the three texts ...


Béâtrice Picon-Vallin. Le Théâtre Du Soleil: The First Fifty-Five Years. Translated By Judith G. Miller. Routledge, 2021., Deborah Gaensbauer 2021 Regis University (Emerita)

Béâtrice Picon-Vallin. Le Théâtre Du Soleil: The First Fifty-Five Years. Translated By Judith G. Miller. Routledge, 2021., Deborah Gaensbauer

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Béâtrice Picon-Vallin. Le Théâtre du Soleil: The First Fifty-five Years. Translated by Judith G. Miller. Routledge, 2021. xi + 453 pp.


Lydie Salvayre, Maintenant Même, Warren Motte, Lydie Salvayre, Bernard Wallet, David Lopez, Marie Cosnay, Mahir Guven, Stéphane Bikialo 2021 University of Colorado Boulder

Lydie Salvayre, Maintenant Même, Warren Motte, Lydie Salvayre, Bernard Wallet, David Lopez, Marie Cosnay, Mahir Guven, Stéphane Bikialo

Zea E-Books Collection

Warren Motte, «Dans le vif du vivant»

Lydie Salvayre et Warren Motte, «Une conversation avec Lydie Salvayre»

Lydie Salvayre, «Deux artistes»

Lydie Salvayre, «Projet en cours»

Lydie Salvayre, «Quatre photos»

Bernard Wallet, «Lydie Salvayre, écrivain baroque’n’roll»

David Lopez, «Almuerz»

Marie Cosnay, «Diamant brut»

Mahir Guven, «À propos de Lydie Salvayre»

Stéphane Bikialo, «Éloge de la fuite»

«Ouvrages de Lydie Salvayre»


Une Exploration Du Style Et Du Message Dans Une Sélection D’Œuvres D’Annie Ernaux : L’Écriture « Qui Ne Ment Pas », Maya Benson 2021 University of Connecticut

Une Exploration Du Style Et Du Message Dans Une Sélection D’Œuvres D’Annie Ernaux : L’Écriture « Qui Ne Ment Pas », Maya Benson

Honors Scholar Theses

Author Annie Ernaux comes from a humble background, but throughout her career she has proven to be on par with any member of the French literary elite. She has dominated the literary field in France for decades, publishing more than twenty books with Gallimard since 1974.

Annie Ernaux centers her writing around her own experiences. Some of her works are presented in the form of personal diaries. Journal du dehors(1993), for example, serves as a private diary bringing together moments from Ernaux’s life in the urban city of Cergy-Pontoise between 1985 and 1992, and Regarde les lumières mon ...


Setting The Stage: The Phantom Of The Opera And Gothic Space, ZitaAnne Reno 2021 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Setting The Stage: The Phantom Of The Opera And Gothic Space, Zitaanne Reno

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

First published from 1909 to 1910, Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of Erik, the titular deformed composer, and his dark love for a beautiful soprano. Similar to Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, another French story involving a deformed man in love with a beautiful woman, the setting is a crucial aspect of the novel. Examining the Palais Garnier, a labyrinthine building composed of staircases, passageways, trapdoors, and a subterranean lake, in conjunction with Notre Dame, a cathedral utilizing traditionally gothic architecture, reveals how the opera house functions as a gothic space ...


Les Esprits Vodou, L’Oncle Sam, Et Le Crucifix : Les Relations Endommagées Entre Le Monde Occidental Et Haïti Dans Bain De Lune, Catherine S. Freeman 2021 Trinity Collge

Les Esprits Vodou, L’Oncle Sam, Et Le Crucifix : Les Relations Endommagées Entre Le Monde Occidental Et Haïti Dans Bain De Lune, Catherine S. Freeman

Senior Theses and Projects

In her novel Bain de Lune, Haitian writer Yanick Lahens opens the doors of her native country to a Western readership that may be unfamiliar with its culture and history, in part because it has been mistreated by Western powers ever since gaining its independence in 1804. Readers are transported to the heart of a culture rich in Haitian Vodou traditions through the interwoven stories of the villagers of Anse Bleue, who struggle to survive the political instability of their country. Vodou is foregrounded through the narrative of the spirit of Cétoute, a young woman who is found dead on ...


Un Étranger En Exil: L’Expropriation Des Terres Et La Lutte Identitaire Dans L’Étranger, Suyang Wu 2021 Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

Un Étranger En Exil: L’Expropriation Des Terres Et La Lutte Identitaire Dans L’Étranger, Suyang Wu

Senior Theses and Projects

While the pied noir writer Albert Camus has usually been depicted as either a “French writer” or an “anticolonial critic,” there are few more nuanced readings of his ambivalent standpoint toward the colonized population and territory of French Algeria. This thesis explores one of his most famous novels, L’Étranger (The Stranger, 1942), in order to elucidate the ways in which the colonial regime affects the material features of the land and the mental state of its inhabitants. In particular, this thesis examines the alienation of Meursault, the pied noir protagonist, by exploring how the pied noir experience is impacted ...


L’Universalité De La Voix Féminine : Interprétations Genrées De La Poésie Romantique Française Et Allemande, Mimi MacKilligan 2021 Trinity College

L’Universalité De La Voix Féminine : Interprétations Genrées De La Poésie Romantique Française Et Allemande, Mimi Mackilligan

Senior Theses and Projects

Contemporary French feminist literary critics have debated whether the category of woman is an empowering or limiting paradigm through which to analyze women writers. Hélène Cixous coined the term "feminine writing [écriture féminine]" in order to link femininity to a radical particularity, whereas Monique Wittig has asserted that this concept confines women writers to their minority identity rather than allowing them to be read universally. Such discussions serve as a useful lens through which to analyze women writers who grappled with their gendered position far before the advent of 20th-century feminism.

Despite the abundance of woman romantic poets ...


Andrew Hodgson. The Post-War Experimental Novel: British And French Fiction, 1945-75. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020., Kathryn Van Wert 2021 University of Minnesota-Duluth

Andrew Hodgson. The Post-War Experimental Novel: British And French Fiction, 1945-75. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020., Kathryn Van Wert

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Andrew Hodgson. The Post-War Experimental Novel: British and French Fiction, 1945-75. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. xi + 208 pp.


Scarlett Baron. The Birth Of Intertextuality: The Riddle Of Creativity. Routledge, 2020., Mariaenrica Giannuzzi 2021 Cornell University

Scarlett Baron. The Birth Of Intertextuality: The Riddle Of Creativity. Routledge, 2020., Mariaenrica Giannuzzi

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Scarlett Baron. The Birth of Intertextuality: The Riddle of Creativity. Routledge, 2020. 381 pp.


Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire, Spring/Printemps 2021, Pascale-Anne Brault 2021 pbrault@depaul.edu

Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire, Spring/Printemps 2021, Pascale-Anne Brault

Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire

Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir vous présenter le vingt-sixième numéro de Mille-Feuille et remercions tous les participants ainsi que le Doyen de Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, le Département de Langues Modernes et ses professeurs, le Study Abroad Office de DePaul University, ainsi que Curie High School qui nous ont permis, grâce à leurs subventions généreuses et leurs nombreuses contributions, de donner suite à nos premiers numéros. Bonne lecture !


Analola Santana. Freak Performances: Dissidence In Latin American Theater. U Of Michigan P, 2018., Stephanie R. Orozco 2021 University of South Carolina Aiken

Analola Santana. Freak Performances: Dissidence In Latin American Theater. U Of Michigan P, 2018., Stephanie R. Orozco

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Analola Santana. Freak Performances: Dissidence in Latin American Theater. U of Michigan P, 2018. 266 pp.


Jean E. Conacher. Transformation And Education In The Literature Of The Gdr. Camden House, 2020., Evelyn Preuss 2021 Yale University

Jean E. Conacher. Transformation And Education In The Literature Of The Gdr. Camden House, 2020., Evelyn Preuss

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Jean E. Conacher. Transformation and Education in the Literature of the GDR. Camden House, 2020. xiv + 293 pp.


Todd Kontje. Imperial Fictions: German Literature Before And Beyond The Nation-State. U Of Michigan P, 2018., Patricia A. Simpson 2021 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Todd Kontje. Imperial Fictions: German Literature Before And Beyond The Nation-State. U Of Michigan P, 2018., Patricia A. Simpson

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Todd Kontje. Imperial Fictions: German Literature Before and Beyond the Nation-State. U of Michigan P, 2018. 329 pp.


The Surreal Voice In Milan's Itinerant Poetics: Delio Tessa To Franco Loi, Jason Collins 2021 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Surreal Voice In Milan's Itinerant Poetics: Delio Tessa To Franco Loi, Jason Collins

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Over the course of Italy’s linguistic history, dialect literature has evolved a s a genre unto itself. The scope of research presented in this study examines the question of dialect literature as a valid genre which bears lines of demarcation that would assign it the distinction of genre. Research reveals that in fact the simple election of a language, or dialect, does not itself constitute a genre; moreover, most dialect literature bears characteristics that would neatly place it in another genre.

To examine this verity, this research compares two dialect poets who employ Milanese as a means of transmission ...


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