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Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal: François Bernier, Marguerite de la Sablière and Enlightening Conversations in Seventeenth-Century France
Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal: François Bernier, Marguerite de la Sablière and Enlightening Conversations in Seventeenth-Century France
By Faith E. Beasley

Challenging the prevailing images of India derived from nineteenth-century "orientalism," Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal identifies and explores the traces that exposure to India left on the cultural artifacts and mindset of France’s "Great Century."

Available May 2018
Objects Observed: The Poetry of Things in Twentieth-Century France and America
Objects Observed: The Poetry of Things in Twentieth-Century France and America
By John C. Stout

Objects Observed explores the central place given to the object by a number of poets in France and in America in the twentieth century.

Available Mar 2018
The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century
The Prison of Love: Romance, Translation, and the Book in the Sixteenth Century
By Emily C. Francomano

In The Prison of Love, Emily Francomano offers the first comparative study of this sixteenth-century work as a transcultural, humanist fiction.

Available Dec 2017
French 'Ecocritique': Reading French Theory and Fiction Ecologically
French 'Ecocritique': Reading French Theory and Fiction Ecologically
By Stephanie Posthumus

French Écocritique is the first book-length study of the culturally specific ways in which contemporary French literature and theory raise questions about nature and environment.

Available Dec 2017
Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in French Tragedy from Hardy to Racine
Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in French Tragedy from Hardy to Racine
By Hélène E. Bilis

In Passing Judgment, Hélène Bilis examines how an overlooked character-type—the royal judge—remained a constant of the tragic genre throughout the 17th century.

Published Oct 2016
Postcolonial Counterpoint: Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb
Postcolonial Counterpoint: Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb
By Farid Laroussi

Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa.

Published Mar 2016
Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives
Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives
Edited by Mary Helen McMurran and Alison Conway

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter investigates the relationship between the eighteenth century’s two predominant approaches to the natural world in the works of leading British and French writers such as Daniel Defoe, William Hogarth, Laurence Sterne, the third Earl of Shaftesbury and Denis Diderot.

Published Mar 2016
Cultural Hermeneutics: Essays after Unamuno and Ricoeur
Cultural Hermeneutics: Essays after Unamuno and Ricoeur
By Mario J. Valdés

In Cultural Hermeneutics, Mario J. Valdés offers a synthesis of the hermeneutic philosophies of Miguel de Unamuno and Paul Ricoeur.

Published Feb 2016
On the Defensive: Reading the Ethical in Nazi Camp Testimonies
On the Defensive: Reading the Ethical in Nazi Camp Testimonies
By Sharon Marquart

On the Defensive considers how our ethical responses to the Nazi camps have unintentionally repressed and denied the experiences of their victims.

Published Jun 2015
The Romance of Tristran by Beroul and Beroul II: A Diplomatic Edition and a Critical Edition
The Romance of Tristran by Beroul and Beroul II: A Diplomatic Edition and a Critical Edition
By Barbara N. Sargent-Baur

This volume is a comprehensive and up-to-date presentation of this story, including the first ever diplomatic edition of the text, replicating the exact state of the original manuscript.

Published Apr 2015