French Studies

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Event of Signature

In dialogue with Derrida, formulates a new philosophical problem - a complex aporia that underlines the topic of the handwritten as a sign of legal identification.

Shadows in the City of Light

Examines the place of Paris in French Jewish literary memory, a memory that, of necessity, grapples with the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Bastard Politics

Argues that we need to reinvent sovereignty as a motive for democratic political action while remaining alert to its dangers, specifically its relationship to violence.

Miraculous Realism

An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray

A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

The Immortals

Translation of the award-winning debut novel by Haitian writer Makenzy Orcel about the lives of prostitutes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amid the 2010 earthquake.

Beyond Bergson

Examines Bergson’s work from the perspectives of critical philosophy of race and decolonial theory, placing it in conversation with theorists from Africa, the African Diaspora, and Latin America.

Psychoanalysis and Repetition

Addresses unconscious repetition, a concept that is crucial to an understanding of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France

Edited by Heidi Brevik-Zender
Subjects: Literature

An interdisciplinary examination of French fashion, modernity, and materiality from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

An Archive of the Catastrophe

Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.

Phrase

The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.

Adventures in Phenomenology

Repositions Bachelard as a critical and integral part of contemporary continental philosophy.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase

First sustained critical reading of Lacoue-Labarthe's Phrase, which provides insights into a philosophically inspired work of prose poetry.

Imagining the Postcolonial

By Jaime Hanneken
Subjects: Literature

A comparative study of Latin American and francophone postcoloniality.

Spiridion

An abbot’s ghost searches for an intelligent monk to exhume his manuscript from a hellish crypt and learn the truth that monks lack two things: freedom of inquiry and benevolence.

Social Contract, Masochist Contract

By Fayçal Falaky
Subjects: Literature

Provocative reading of the role masochism plays in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

J'aime New York, 2nd Edition

A guide to the important but half-forgotten chapters of New York State’s French history.

Oedipus

First English translation of Nasio's groundbreaking work on the Oedipus complex.

Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival

A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

A Place in History

A journey into Albany’s historic past and the city’s role in three pivotal historical narratives: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the construction of the Erie Canal.

Merleau-Ponty and the Possibilities of Philosophy

Leading scholars engage the later contributions of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Beyond Negritude

Key text never before in English by central figure of the Negritude movement.

Frameworks for Mallarme

The influence of photography and visual culture on the French poet, journalist, and critic.

Such a Deathly Desire

Provocative essays on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment.

Valvedre

The first English translation of one of George Sand’s major novels.

The Creation of the World or Globalization

Philosophical reflections on the phenomenon of globalization.

A Voice from Elsewhere

Reflections on the enigma and secret of “literature.”

Marxism and National Identity

Provides the first sustained analysis of the collision between Marxism and nationalism in France at the time of the Dreyfus affair.

The Wind and the Source

Explores the role of a significant yet elusive feature of the French landscape in literature, philosophy, and art.

Rhine Crossings

Explores the unique and volatile relationship of these two nations and cultures over the past two centuries, as expressed in literature, film, and philosophy.

My Beloved Toto

Selected letters from Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, offering insights into nineteenth-century French culture as well as an insider’s look at the character, behavior, working habits, and day-to-day life of France’s most monumental man of letters.

Alain Badiou

An introduction to Badiou's philosophical thought and its implications for other humanistic disciplines and the social sciences.

The Devil's Pool and Other Stories

A new translation of Sand's most popular novella, known for its brevity, liveliness, and exemplary storytelling, together with two of Sand's most admired short stories.

The Drama of Fallen France

Examines the role of the theatre in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

Nelida

A scandalous bestseller of mid-nineteenth-century France, translated here for the first time into English.

French Fairy Tales

Offers an analysis of fourteen French fairy tales, from the medieval Romance of Mélusine to Jean Cocteau's film version of Beauty and the Beast, exploring their universal and eternal nature as well as their relevance to modern readers.

Feast and Folly

Treats French cuisine as a "fine art," offering both historical background as well as a deep analysis of the social, political, and aesthetic aspects of cuisine and taste.

The Medieval French Alexander

Explores the significance of Alexander the Great in French medieval literature and culture.

When Poetry Ruled the Streets

Offers a complete survey of the French May Events of 1968 through narrative, analysis, and documents.

French Cultural Studies

Addresses the theoretical and pedagogical implications of redefining French Studies as an interdisciplinary field, while providing practical examples of the kind of criticism that such a shift would entail.

Figuring the East

Examines the ambiguous constructions of the Orient in the works of four major twentieth-century French writers.

Reading with Michel Serres

Explores the concept of time in the work of Michel Serres, demonstrating close analogies in his work to the discourses of science, literature, and philosophy.

Birth of a National Icon

By Venita Datta
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the rise of the intellectual in fin-de-siecle France, setting this important phenomenon against the backdrop of an emerging mass democracy and concentrating on the key role played by the avant-garde.

The French Connections of Jacques Derrida

Addresses for the first time the issue of Derrida's relation to French poetics, writing, thought, and culture.

My Double Life

A translation of Ma Double Vie, the autobiography of the French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who was one of the classical theater's all-time greatest stars.

Defying Gravity

A major reassessment of the work of Jean Paulhan within the context of his own times as well as in the light of contemporary debates in literary theory.

Women Mystics Confront the Modern World

Situates the female mystical tradition within the context of the epistemological shift which occurred at the dawn of the modern world.

Sexual Politics in the Enlightenment

Explores the way seven women writers of the eighteenth century responded to Rousseau, and traces his crucial influence on their literary careers.

French Intellectual Nobility

The first study to examine the conditions that led to the production of theories like "structuralism" and "poststructuralism. "

The Dream of an Absolute Language

Traces the reception of Swedenborg's doctrine of "correspondences" in French literature and culture from the late 1700s to 1870.

France Under Recession: 1981-1986

By John Tuppen
Subjects: Area Studies

This book reviews the substantial changes that occurred in France during the period in which a left wing president and government controlled the nation's destiny. In their quest for a solution to the ...

The Search for Social Peace

During the last one hundred years, programmatic social reform legislation has increasingly been accepted as an essential economic, social and political component of advanced capitalist nations. The Search ...

The Vine Remembers

In The Vine Remembers, the vignerons—growers and workers of the vine—tell their own stories. Based on interviews with workers and small vineyard owners, the book presents the memories of vignerons ...

French Feminism in the 19th Century

Histories of France have erased the feminist presence from nineteenth-century political life and the feminist impact from the changes that affected the lives of the French. Now, French Feminism in the ...

Abandoned Children

Edited by Rachel G. Fuchs
Introduction by Rachel G. Fuchs
Subjects: History

In nineteenth-century France, parents abandoned their children in overwhelming numbers—up to 20 percent of live births in the Parisian area. The infants were left at state-run homes and were then transferred ...

Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes

This is the first complete study of Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, one of the most distinguished diplomats and statesmen of eighteenth-century France. Vergennes represented France as a diplomat ...

Presidential Government in Gaullist France

In Presidential Government in Gaullist France, William G. Andrews describes and explains the basic character of executive-legislative relations in Gaullist France from 1958 to 1974. He demonstrates that ...

Family and Farm

Family and Farm is the history of the communautes, the large patriarchal households of central France, from the close of the medieval era to the nineteenth century. These households were unique in that ...

Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France

Examines the role of village notables in nineteenth-century France.

The Ecole Normale Superieure and the Third Republic

The Ecole Normale Superieure was founded during the Revolutionary era to dominate the educational structure of France. During the Third Republic, the French academic elite trained at the Ecole Normale ...

The Fifth Republic at Twenty

The first twenty years of the Fifth Republic encompass four presidential elections, alternating political control of the National Assembly, and years of rapid economic growth and contraction. Thus a variety ...

The Red and the White

The delight of Bacchus, wine has ever been man's solace and joy. Growing out of the poorest soil, the wild grape was tamed and blended over millennia to produce a royal beverage. But the nineteenth century ...