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New Dimensions in French Studies


Emma Gilby and Katja Haustein

This book, which is the fruit of papers presented at the seventh Cambridge French Graduate Conference, offers innovative analyses of how space can provide metaphors for human thoughts, utterances and experiences. The authors cross-fertilise different approaches to the significance of space as a thematic and structuring principle in French and Francophone poetry, prose, philosophy and film. They are interested in three broad areas of enquiry: how spaces can be suffused with explorations of identity; how the dividing work done by maps marks and makes spaces; and how particular questions are thrown up by urban spaces. Throughout, the book examines the symbiotic relationship between internal and external, between delimitation and difference.
Contents: Emma Gilby/Katja Haustein: Introduction – Emma J.Cayley: Players and Spaces of Play in Late-Medieval French Manuscript Collections – Martin Calder: The Experience of Space in the Eighteenth-Century French Garden: From Axis to Circuit to Closed Circuit – Emily Tomlinson: Assia Djebar’s Algerian (White) Spaces – Phillip John Usher: Chopping up Columbus’ Pear: World-Roaming after 1492 – Rosemary Chapman: Beautiful North? The North/South Divide in Gabrielle Roy’s La Montagne secrète – Kathryn Gannon: Mapping the Margins: Representations of Place and Space in Antonine Maillet’s Pélagie-la-charrette – Emma Wilson: Oblivion and the Modern City: Hiroshima mon amour (1959) – Mairi Liston: Inside/Out: The Goncourt Brothers and the Second-Empire Interior – Eve Richardson: Space, Projection and the Banal in the Works of Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Nicholson Baker.