Distant Voices Still Heard

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Distant Voices Still Heard

Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature


November 1st, 2000

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This book seeks to satisfy a pedagogical need. It is designed for the new graduate student in England and elsewhere, although it may profitably be used by the enterprising final year undergraduate. Its aim is to introduce the modern student to readings of French Renaissance literature, drawing on the perspectives of contemporary literary theories. The volume is organised by paired readings of five major sixteenth-century French writers, with interpretations covering, among others, structuralism, semiotics, feminism and psychoanalysis. Linking these interpretations is a constant interest in problems such as the role of the reader, the nature of the text and the question of gender. The Introduction contextualises the encounter between literary theory and Renaissance texts by using the contributions as pivotal points in the development of critical thinking about this period in early modern literature. All foreign language quotations are translated into English, and the book is intended to be of practical interest to a wide range of readers, from modern linguists to those studying critical theory, comparative literature or cultural history.


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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Editors’ Foreword7
Introduction: The Time of Theory9
1: The Highs and Lows of Structuralist Reading: Rabelais, Pantagruel, chapters 10-1361
2: Rabelais’ Strength and the Pitfalls of Methodology76
3: ‘Blond chef, grande conqueste’: Feminist Theories of the Gaze, the blason anatomique, and Louise Labé’s Sonnet 693
4: Louise Labé’s Feminist Poetics115
5: Reading and Writing in the Tenth Story of the Heptaméron131
6: Fetishism and Storytelling in Nouvelle 57 of Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron146
7: Creative Choreography: Intertextual Dancing in Ronsard’s Sonnets pour Hélène: II, 30163
8: An Overshadowed Valediction: Ronsard’s Dedicatory Epistle to Villeroy179
9: ‘De l’amitié’ (Essais 1.28): ‘Luy’ and ‘Moy’193
10: Montaigne’s Death Sentences: Narrative and Subjectivity in ‘De la diversion’ (Essais 3.4)210
Select Bibliography225