Cambridge Companion to French Literature

October 30, 2020
Cambridge Companion to French Literature

In this authoritative and accessible account of Frenchliterature, sixteen essays by leading specialists offer provocativeinsights into French literary culture, its genres, movements,themes, and historic turning points, including the cultural andlinguistic challenges of today's multi-ethnic France. The Frenchhave, over the centuries, invented and reinvented writing, from theArthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes to Montaigne's Essays,which gave the world a new literary form and a new standard forwriting about personal thought and experience; from the highlypolished tragedies of French classicism to the satirical novels ofthe Enlightenment; from Proust's explorations of social and sexualmores to the 'New Novel' of the late twentieth century; and fromBaudelaire's urban poetry to today's poetic experiments with soundand typography. The broad scope of this Companion, which goesbeyond individual authors or periods, enables a deeper appreciationfor the distinctive literature of France.