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FR424 Further Reading

General

  • Joan DeJean, Libertine Strategies: Freedom and the Novel in Seventeenth-Century France.
  • Joan DeJean, The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France (Chicago & London: the University of Chicago Press, 2002).
  • Ingrid A. R. De Smet, ‘From Brindisi to the Limousin: treading the path of the voyage galant’, in: (Re)Inventing the Past: Essays in Honour of Ann Moss, ed. Gary Ferguson and Catherine Hampton, Durham Modern Languages Series (Durham: University of Durham, 2003), pp. 299-318.
  • Didier Foucault, « Le libertinage de la Renaissance à l’Âge classique : un territoire pour l’historien ? », Les dossiers du Grihl, Libertinage, athéisme, irreligion. Essais et bibliographie, mis en ligne le 9 juin 2007. URL : http://dossiersgrihl.revues.org/document293.html. Consulté le 25 février 2008.
  • Sophie Gouverneur, "Prudence et imprudence dans le libertinage français du XVIIe siècle", Comètes. Revue des littératures d'Ancien Régime, 3 [Though focussing on La Mothe Le Vayer, this exploration of the Early Modern notion of 'prudence' (not the same as the word's current usage) contains some interesting observations on freedom and the relation of the libertin to broader society.]
  • Michel Jeanneret, Éros rebelle. Littérature et dissidence à l’âge classique (Paris: Seuil, 2003).
  • D. Jiménez and J.-C. Abramowici, Éros volubile: les Métamorphoses de l’amour du Moyen Âge aux Lumières (Paris, 2000).
  • René Pintard, Le libertinage érudit dans la première moitié du XVIIe siècle (Geneva: Slatkine, 1983) (for advanced enquiries only).
  • Stéphane Van Damme, L'Epreuve libertine. Morale, soupçon et pouvoir dans la France baroque (Paris, CNRS Editions, 2008).
  • Anthony McKenna and Pierre-François Moreau (eds), Libertinage et philosophie au XVIIe siècle. Protestants, hérétiques, libertins (Saint-Etienne : Publications de l'université de Saint-Etienne, 2004) - including a study by S. Van Damme, 'Libertinage de moeurs / libertinage érudit: le travail de la distinction' (mainly on Th. de Viau).

On Théophile de Viau

  • Barbara Ching, ‘Première Journée: Théophile de Viau and the Dawn of Burlesque Narrative’, French Studies 45 (1991), 4, pp. 403-416.

  • See also the studies by Van Damme.

 

On Sorel's Francion

 

On Cyrano de Bergerac's Voyage dans la Lune 

 

On Bachaumont & chapelle and La Fontaine (Voyage Galant)

On Dassoucy's Aventures

  • Avez-vous lu Dassoucy ? Colloque international du CERHAC, Clermont-Ferrand, 25 et 26 juin 2004, ed. Dominique Bertrand (Clermont-Ferrand: Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2005) (collection of conference papers).
  • Guy Catusse, « D'un bon usage de l’équivoque : les avantures de Dassoucy », Les Cahiers du Centre de Recherches Historiques, 33 | 2004, [En ligne], mis en ligne le 05 septembre 2008. URL : http://ccrh.revues.org/index241.html.
  • Jean-Pierre Cavaillé, "Diffamation imprimée et renommée d’auteur. Le cas Dassoucy au xviie siècle", Communications 93.2 (2013), 203-2015. DOI : 10.3917/commu.093.0203 (available via CAIRN - database).
  • Brigitte Hamon-Porter, “Les Aventures de Dassoucy: défense et nouvelle illustration de la langue burlesque,” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature, 62 (2005), pp.165-179
  • Charles Eugene Scruggs, Charles Dassoucy: Adventures in the Age of Louis XIV: The Life and Works of Dassoucy with Selected Narratives from His Aventures (University Press of America, 1984) [a study of the life and works of Dassoucy, for a long time the only substantial modern criticism, but now being overtaken by newer publications].
  • Espace Dassoucy (section of a French website on Baroque Musique) with access to materials (varied quality)

 

On Moliere's Dom Juan

  • Roland Barthes, “Le silence de Dom Juan”, Les lettres nouvelles February 1945 [an interpretation by one of the best known literary theorists of the 20th Century].
  • Joan DeJean, 'Le Travail de l'oubli: Commerce, sexualité et censure dans Le Festin de pierre de Molière', Littérature 144 (2006) 4, pp. 6-24 (accessible via CAIRN).
  • Marcel Desportes et al., “Dom Juan” de Molière: le défi, series Analyses et Réflexions sur… (Paris: Ellipses, 1981): just one of several studies dealing with the different versions of the Dom Juan story, and the complexities of Molière’s play.
  • Delia Gambelli, “Le Dom Juan de Molière et les machines de la tragédie”, Litteratures Classiques 27 (1996), 43-52.
  • Francis L. Lawrence, “Dom Juan and the Manifest God, Molière’s Anti-tragic Hero”, PMLA 93 (1978), pp. 86-94.
  • Beryl Schlossman, “Transports of Love: Desire, Image, and the Object in Molière's Dom Juan”, Modern Language Notes 111 (1996), 5, pp. 918-37.
  • Michael Spingler, “The actor and the statue? Space, time, and court performance in Molière’s Dom Juan”, Comparative Drama XXV (1991), pp. 351-368.
  • Alain Viala, "Lire les classiques au temps de la mondialisation", Dix-septième Siècle 228 (2005), pp. 393-407 (accessible via CAIRN) -contains some observations on the contemporary reception of DJ.
  • Don Juan ou l'Europe démasquée - website on the myth of Don Juan and its Early Modern adaptations and contexts

 

for context and extension work (e.g. long assessed essays)

  • ETRC Textbase Early Modern French Women Writers -gives access to electronic editions of Ninon de Lenclos' correspondence (Damours' fictionalised version and the "correspondance authentique")
  • Gallica is a good source for further documentation - e.g. the attacks on libertinage by Garasse, Le Sieur de Rochemont's Observations sur une comédie de Molière intitulée Le Festin de Pierre (1665), or the French translation of Godwin's Man in the Moone.
  • The Internet Archive contains downloadable versions of older critical studies and text editions (e.g. on Th. de Viau), which are out of copyright in the US or Canada and which can otherwise be hard to locate. Show that you are aware of the age of such criticism and check whether any views or information has not been superseded by more recent advances in scholarship.