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Making Connections

Essays in French Culture and Society in Honour of Philip Thody

James Dolamore

This volume, written in honour of Philip Thody, Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds, reflects his own wide-ranging contribution to the field of French Studies. It brings together eighteen original essays by leading scholars, exploring a variety of interrelated literary, philosophical and political issues which will interest all students of French culture. While some chapters offer comparative studies of French and English writers, others analyse the links between major figures of French literature and thought, or those between the cultural, social and political worlds where the twentieth-century French intellectual plays such an important role in the development of ideas. The volume contains studies of the novel, poetry, drama, thought and cinema and covers a range of subjects including civil law in the seventeenth century, the eighteenth-century campaign for abolition of the slave trade, attitudes to Occupation and Liberation, ideological debate after the Second World War, and the problems of life in the modern city and the banlieue.
Contents: Howard Evans: Philip Thody: An Appreciation - Robert Gibson: All done by Mirrors: The French and English in each other's Fiction - David Shaw: Tartuffe and the Law - David Williams: Condorcet and the Politics of Black Servitude - Graham Chesters: Larkin and Baudelaire's Damned Women - Rachel Killick: Caesarism and Valéry - Andrew Rothwell: Commitment or Lip-Service? Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution, no. 1 - John Flower: Jean Paulhan - François Mauriac: Une correspondance inédite - Michael Kelly: Everyday Marxism: The convergent analyses of Roland Barthes and Henri Lefebvre - Margaret Atack: Useless Passions: Intellectuals and the Liberation in Les Mandarins and Les Justes Causes - David Coward: The Early Fiction of Marguerite Duras - Lynette R. Muir: Bariona and 'le Bon Dieu' - Christopher Todd: Sartre Flirts with the Radio - David Macey: 'Insoumis': Nizan, Sartre, Fanon - Ian Magedera: Cuvier's Bone, Derrida's Glas and the Remains of Genet's Rembrandt - James Dolamore: Eugène Ionesco, Rebel of the Right - James Dryhurst: Claude Michelet, La Nuit de Calama: From Pinochet to Pétain and Back - Max Silverman: Freedom of the City? - David Platten: Private Spectacle, Public Voice: Two Sides to Contemporary Cinema in France and the USA.