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François Morvan

Peut-on aller jusqu'à faire de la traduction vers la langue française la clé de voûte de l'émergence politique et culturelle de la civilisation française ? C'est ce que tente de démontrer cet ouvrage, qui part de l'hypothèse que le traducteur est un créateur à part entière, construisant son époque en empruntant à l'œuvre-source, sans se placer sous son joug.

Partant de là, l'histoire se divise en quatre grandes périodes : la fondation latine et grecque ; la politique d'État de l'imperium français ; l'apogée de la littérature au XIXe siècle ; l'intégration dans une république mondiale des Lettres. La traduction sert tour à tour de ciment politique, d’outil de conquête et de terreau fertile d’un développement esthétique ou scientifique de la langue. Elle manifeste à chacune de ces époques l'essence même de « l'esprit français » : la quête d'universalisme.

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The Poetics of Decadence in Fin-de-Siècle Italy

Degeneration and Regeneration in Literature and the Arts

Edited by Stefano Evangelista, Valeria Giannantonio and Elisabetta Selmi

In the 1880s and 1890s, materialism in art was counterbalanced by attention to the subjective individual experience, expressed in the new modes inaugurated by Symbolism, Decadence and Aestheticism. In particular, Decadent artists and writers inspired the lasting name of an age fascinated by the contemplation of luxury and decay: the fin de siècle. Notions of decadence and degeneration were not limited to aesthetic experience but were regarded as sociological phenomena and attained pseudoscientific status.

This volume explores the themes of degeneration and regeneration in fin-de-siècle Italian culture, collecting together essays by recognized experts as well as younger scholars. The book begins by reflecting on the poetics of decadence, before turning its focus to significant figures of the period and their literary, critical and artistic work, providing analysis from both national and comparative perspectives. Subjects examined include the turn towards idealism of Anna Zuccari, the mysticism and ethics of Fogazzaro, Pascoli and Tolstoy, the influence of German philosophy and European symbolism on Gabriele D’Annunzio’s literary works, the art criticism of Enrico Panzacchi, and the aesthetic regeneration of divas in early Italian cinema.

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Writing for Freedom

Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza's Narrative


Alberica Bazzoni

Sicilian writer Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) is increasingly regarded as a central figure in modern Italian literature, especially with the international success of her masterpiece L’arte della gioia [The Art of Joy]. This book offers an in-depth analysis of Sapienza’s major works, identifying their main themes and central poetics, and establishing her originality and significance within the context of twentieth-century Italian literature.

The study follows Sapienza’s autofictional journey from the painful reconstruction of the self in Lettera aperta [Open Letter] and Il filo di mezzogiorno [Midday Thread], to Modesta’s rebellious adventure in L’arte della gioia, to the playful portrayal of childhood in Io, Jean Gabin [I, Jean Gabin] and, finally, to the representation of prison life and queer desire in L’università di Rebibbia [Rebibbia University] and Le certezze del dubbio [The Certainties of Doubt]. Themes of freedom, the body, nonconformist gender identities and sexuality, autobiography and political commitment are explored in connection to a variety of philosophical discourses, including Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis and queer theory. From a position of marginality and eccentricity, Sapienza gives voice to a radical aspiration to achieve freedom and social transformation, in which writing and literary communication are conferred a fundamental role.

This book was the winner of the 2015 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women’s Studies.

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Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity

Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing


Edited by Petra M. Bagley, Francesca Calamita and Kathryn Robson

Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and troubled relationships with food and bodies have been depicted by writers across a variety of languages and cultures, since before the medicalisation of eating disorders in the late nineteenth century to the present day. This cross-cultural volume explores the fictional portrayal of these self-destructive yet arguably self-empowering behaviours in contemporary French, German and Italian women’s writing. Covering autobiography, fiction and autofiction, the chapters included here outline different aspects of the cultural encodings of anorexia in Europe today. Contributors analyse how literary texts not only recount but also interrogate wider cultural representations of eating disorders, particularly with regard to concepts of (gender) identity, the body, the relationship with the mother, and the relation between food and words. This volume seeks to draw out the multiple meanings of anorexia as both a rebellion against and conformity to dominant (and gendered) socio-political structures. It explores the ways in which contemporary women’s novels and memoirs both describe and, importantly, also redefine eating disorders in present-day Europe.
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Nekane Celayeta, Inés Olza and Carmela Pérez-Salazar

La presente obra es una muestra de la pluralidad de consideraciones científicas que admite el estudio del léxico. Los trabajos aquí reunidos, que versan sobre cuestiones formales o semánticas, de aplicación general o relativas al español, se han elaborado desde variados marcos teóricos y metodológicos (cognitivismo, nanosintaxis, interlinguoculturología, o teoría de lenguajes formales) y para distintas áreas de investigación lingüística (lexicología, traducción, neurolingüística, dialectología, fraseología).

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Loving’s the Strange Thing

Jungian Individuation in the Fairy Tales of Carmen Martín Gaite


Anne-Marie Storrs

This groundbreaking volume argues that Carmen Martín Gaite and Carl Jung form an ideal combination. All the main features of the Jungian individuation process are present in the Spanish writer’s fairy tales: dreams, shadow figures, wise men and women, the Self, anima and animus. Martín Gaite has been described by the critic Salustiano Martín as trying to offer human beings a different way. In this accessible new study, Anne-Marie Storrs claims that this way is found through the process of individuation – the psychological development of a unique individual – and that aspects of the process are imaginatively depicted in the three shorter fairy tales, El castillo de las tres murallas, El pastel del diablo and Caperucita en Manhattan, and in the novel so closely linked with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, La reina de las nieves.

Drawing on the work of Jungian writers to clarify and illuminate its argument, this book takes an entirely new perspective on Martín Gaite’s work and, in doing so, challenges the prejudice and suspicion that too many in the humanities and beyond continue to experience when they come face to face with Jung.

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French Feminisms 1975 and After

New Readings, New Texts


Edited by Margaret Atack, Alison S. Fell, Diana Holmes and Imogen Long

This volume explores contemporary French women’s writing through the prism of one of the defining moments of modern feminism: the writings of the 1970s that came to be known as «French feminism». With their exhilarating renewal of the rules of fiction, and a sophisticated theoretical approach to gender, representation and textuality, Hélène Cixous and others became internationally recognised for their work, at a time when the women’s movement was also a driving force for social change. Taking its cue from Les Femmes s’entêtent, a multi-authored analysis of the situation of women and a celebration of women’s creativity, this collection offers new readings of Monique Wittig, Emma Santos and Hélène Cixous, followed by essays on Nina Bouraoui, Michèle Perrein and Ying Chen, Marguerite Duras and Mireille Best, and Valentine Goby. A contextualising introduction establishes the theoretical and cultural framework of the volume with a critical re-evaluation of this key moment in the history of feminist thought and women’s writing, pursuing its various legacies and examining the ways theoretical and empirical developments in queer studies, postcolonial studies and postmodernist philosophies have extended, inflected and challenged feminist work.

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Postcolonial Archipelagos

Essays on Hispanic Caribbean and Lusophone African Fiction


Kristian Van Haesendonck

Writers from different postcolonial regions are usually classified according to their different nationalities or linguistic areas, and have rarely been brought together in one volume. Moving in a new direction, Postcolonial Archipelagos crosses not only geographical but also linguistic boundaries, by focusing on two contexts which seemingly have little or nothing in common with one another: the Hispanic Caribbean, and Lusophone Africa. Kristian Van Haesendonck thus opens new ground, in two ways: first, by making connections between contemporary Caribbean and African writers, moving beyond the topos of slavery and negritude in order to analyse the (im)possibility of conviviality in postcolonial cultures; and secondly, by exploring new ways of approaching these literatures as postcolonial archipelagic configurations with historical links to their respective metropoles, yet also as elements of what Glissant and Hannerz have respectively called "Tout-Monde" and a "world in creolization". Although the focus is on writers from Lusophone Africa (Mia Couto, José Luis Mendonça and Guilherme Mendes da Silva) and the Hispanic Caribbean (Junot Díaz, Eduardo Lalo, Marta Aponte, James Stevens-Arce and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá), connections are made with and within the broader global context of intensified globalization.

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«El mundo sigue» de Fernando Fernán-Gómez

Redescubrimiento de un clásico


Ralf Junkerjürgen and Cristina Alonso-Villa

La vuelta de «El mundo sigue» a la gran pantalla en 2015 representó un verdadero acontecimiento cinematográfico que suscitó un gran interés por parte de la crítica y del público. La película, truncada en su origen y relegada a objeto de estudio para especialistas, recuperó así el lugar que le correspondía en la historia del cine español. El presente volumen recoge entrevistas con Gemma Cuervo y Rosa Salgado, así como análisis realizados desde perspectivas diferentes de la obra en cuestión y su autor. Aparte de esto, se publica por primera vez el guion de rodaje, desconocido hasta la fecha, con los añadidos del director.

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Il movimento del dono nella poesia di Eugenio Montale

Rifiutare – ricevere – ricambiare


Paulina Malicka

Lo studio interpreta la poesia di Montale dalla prospettiva del dono come oggetto di interesse di discipline antropologiche e filosofiche. L’analisi inizia dalla concezione triadica del dare-ricevere-ricambiare di Mauss in contrapposizione alla teoria derridiana che nega la possibilità del dono. Si tratta di un ampio sguardo su tutta la produzione poetica dell’autore per ricostruirne la nascita e lo sviluppo, nonché per rendere la specificità del suo destino. Il lavoro strutturato sull’esempio del trittico maussiano ne capovolge i contenuti e propone il rifiuto quale elemento fondante dell’intera analisi del dono. In ultima istanza, il dono appare come una categoria interpretativa della poesia che offre un’inesauribilità semantica al di là di ogni economia e di ogni costrizione sociale.