The Abyss

The Abyss
Author: Marguerite Yourcenar
Publisher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 386
Release: 1981-08
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0374516669

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The story of the fate of two cousins in sixteenth century northern France. The younger, sixteen-year-old Henry Maximilian, has set out to become a soldier and a poet. The elder, twenty-two-year-old Zeno, has left the seminary to make himself an alchemist-philosopher.


Total Pages: 236
Release: 2017
Genre: Black

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"The Palais Galliera is paying homage to the couturier Cristobal Balenciaga (1865-1972) with an extra-mural exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle entitled : 'Balenciaga, l'oeuvre au noir'. The exhibition resonates with the black tones of an alchemist of haute couture : variations of black repeated in over a hundred of pieces from the Galliera collections and the archives of Maison Balenciaga...The exhibition resounds with a black harmony of an Haute Couture alchemist. Black motivated Balenciaga : the backbone of his work was inspired by the folklore and traditions of his Spanish childhood. Black was this exceptionally skilled tailor's preference. Black was a monastic influence on the master, about whom Dior once said: "Clothes were his religion". Balenciaga saw black as a vibrant matter whether it be opaque or transparent, matt or shiny - a dazzling interplay of light, that owes as much to the luxurious quality of the fabrics as to the apparent simplicity of the cut. A lace highlight, embroidery, guipure, a heavy drape of silk velvet and, hey presto, you have a skirt, a bolero, a mantilla, a cape reinvented as a coat, a coat tailored as a cape... ...Every piece is magnificent, from day clothes to cocktail dresses and sumptuous evening outfits lined in silk taffeta, edged with fringes, decorated with satin ribbons, jet beads, sequins... more than hundred couture variations of black are the treasures of the Galliera collections and the Maison Balenciaga's archives. The exhibition is located in the Musée Bourdelle where the sculptures mirror the pure sculptural effect of Cristobal Balenciaga's stunning creations"--

King Lear

King Lear
Author: François Laroque
Publisher: Presses Universitaires de France - PUF
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9782130571094

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Tragédie sombre et tourmentée, King Lear est sans doute avec Timon of Athens la pièce la plus noire de Shakespeare. Profondément pessimiste, elle est marquée par la cruauté, le triomphe du grotesque et de l'absurde, une déstabilisation profonde de l'identité ainsi que des valeurs portées par la foi et l'humanisme. L'ironie qui résulte des jeux de parallélisme entre les deux intrigues ne fait qu'ajouter au pathos en déjouant systématiquement tout espoir de rédemption et de reconstruction. La sexualité est ici exploration de la part maudite des personnages, tandis que la folie et la cécité deviennent lieux d'expression de la vérité et de la lucidité dans un triomphe du paradoxe, du monde à l'envers, de la satire et de la coïncidence des contraires. L'indétermination comme l'incertitude du sens et du message rejoignent ainsi le travail corrosif du négatif à l'œuvre dans le style et les images, et produisent un texte au caractère indécidable.

Writing in the Feminine

Writing in the Feminine
Author: Karen Gould
Publisher: SIU Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1990
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 9780809316427

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Gould (women's studies and French, Bowling Green State U.) analyzes four feminist rebels, all major Quebec women writers. These women--Nicole Brossard, Madeline Gagnon, Louky Bersianik, and France Theoret--are attempting to explode male-dominated language and to construct a new language and literature of women. Gould studies their work and also provides historical, political, and theoretical background. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

French XX Bibliography

French XX Bibliography
Author: William H. Thompson
Publisher: Susquehanna University Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2005-09
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781575910970

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Provides the most complete listing available of books, articles, and book reviews concerned with French literature since 1885. The bibliography is divided into three major divisions: general studies, author subjects (arranged alphabetically), and cinema. This book is for the study of French literature and culture.

Baroque Fictions

Baroque Fictions
Author: Margaret Elizabeth Colvin
Publisher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9042018380

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This volume is the first in-depth study of the French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar's fiction to contend that the author's texts exhibit in unexpected ways numerous characteristics of the neobaroque. This subversive, postmodern aesthetic privileges extravagant artistic play, flux, and heterogeneity. In demonstrating the affinity of Yourcenar's texts with the neobaroque, the author of this study casts doubt on their presumed transparency and stability, qualities associated with the French neoclassical tradition of the past century, where the Yourcenarian oeuvre is most often placed. Yourcenar's election to the prestigious, tradition-bound French Academy in 1981 as its first female "immortal" cemented her already well-established niche in the twentieth-century French literary pantheon. A self-taught classicist, historian, and modern-day French moralist, Yourcenar has been praised for her polished, "classical" style and analyzed for her use of myth and universal themes. While those factors at first seem to justify amply the neoclassical label by which Yourcenar is most widely recognized, this study's close reading of four of her fictions reveals instead the texts' opacity and subversive resistance to closure, their rejection of stable interpretations, and their deconstruction of postmodern Grand Narratives. Theirs is a neobaroque "logic," which stresses the absence of theoretical assurances and the limitations of reason. The coincidence of the new millennium -- which in so many ways reflects Yourcenar's disquieting vision -- and her centenary in 2003 affords not so much an excuse to reject the author's neoclassical label, but rather the obligation to reassess it in light of contemporary discourses. This study will be of interest to students of twentieth-century French fiction and comparative literature, especially that of the latter half of the twentieth century.

Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
Author: Jeanine S. Alesch
Publisher: Summa Publications, Inc.
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2007
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781883479565

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The Alchemist in Literature

The Alchemist in Literature
Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-10-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0191063819

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Unlike most other studies of alchemy and literature, which focus on alchemical imagery in poetry of specific periods or writers, this book traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in the Eighth Circle of Dante's Inferno down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the transmutation of baser metals into gold) and esoteric or speculative (the spiritual transformation of the alchemist himself). From Dante to Ben Jonson, during the centuries when the belief in exoteric alchemy was still strong and exploited by many charlatans to deceive the gullible, writers in major works of many literatures treated alchemists with ridicule in an effort to expose their tricks. From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as that belief weakened, the figure of the alchemist disappeared, even though Protestant poets in England and Germany were still fond of alchemical images. But when eighteenth-century science almost wholly undermined alchemy, the figure of the alchemist began to emerge again in literature—now as a humanitarian hero or as a spirit striving for sublimation. Following these esoteric romanticizations, as scholarly interest in alchemy intensified, writers were attracted to the figure of the alchemist and his quest for power. The fin-de-siecle saw a further transformation as poets saw in the alchemist a symbol for the poet per se and others, influenced by the prevailing spiritism, as a manifestation of the religious spirit. During the interwar years, as writers sought surrogates for the widespread loss of religious faith, esoteric alchemy underwent a pronounced revival, and many writers turned to the figure of the alchemist as a spiritual model or, in the case of Paracelsus in Germany, as a national figurehead. This tendency, theorized by C. G. Jung in several major studies, inspired after World War II a vast popularization of the figure in novels—historical, set in the present, or juxtaposing past and present— in England, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States. The inevitable result of this popularization was the trivialization of the figure in advertisements for healing and cooking or in articles about scientists and economists. In sum: the figure of the alchemist in literature provides a seismograph for major shifts in intellectual and cultural history.

Publisher: TheBookEdition
Total Pages: 480
ISBN: 1446133184

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French Women Novelists: Defining a Female Style

French Women Novelists: Defining a Female Style
Author: Adele King
Publisher: Springer
Total Pages: 232
Release: 1989-06-18
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1349088153

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A study of a female style of writing. French, English and American theories of how women's creative imagination and use of language may differ from conventional literary norms are examined in relation to the work of five of the best 20th century French women writers.