University of Toronto Romance Series


This distinguished series has been in existence since 1949. Historically strong in French literature and culture, the series now includes exciting new work in Hispanic literature and culture.


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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
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
Legendary Sources of Flaubert's Saint Julien
Legendary Sources of Flaubert's Saint Julien
By Benjamin F. Bart and Robert Francis Cook

Bart and Cook establish definitely what legendary sources were and show how Flaubert came into contact with them. Their extensive commentary compares the sources and the Légende in detail, explains the circumstances under which Flaubert used his materials, and analyses how they were woven into the texture of his own tale.

Published May 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
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
Sapphic Fathers: Discourses of Same-Sex Desire from Nineteenth-Century France
Sapphic Fathers: Discourses of Same-Sex Desire from Nineteenth-Century France
By Gretchen Schultz

Gretchen Schultz explores how male writers and their readers in late nineteenth-century France took lesbianism as a cipher for apprehensions about sex and gender during a time of social and political upheaval. 

Published Dec 2014
Transnational Cervantes
Transnational Cervantes
By William Childers
Theoretically eclectic and methodologically innovative, Transnational Cervantes opens up many avenues for research and debate, aiming to bring Cervantes' writings forward into the brave new world of our postcolonial age.
Published May 2014
Dressed to Kill: Death and Meaning in Zaya's Desengaños
Dressed to Kill: Death and Meaning in Zaya's Desengaños
By Elizabeth Rhodes

Dressed to Kill reconciles Zayas's Desengaños with the age in which it was written, contextualizing the book in baroque poetics, the Spanish honour code, and fifteenth-century martyr saints' lives.

Published Dec 2011
Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction
Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction
By Patricia Vieira

In Seeing Politics Otherwise, Patricia Vieira uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the interrelation of politics and representations of vision and blindness in Latin American and Iberian literature, film, and art.

Published Jul 2011
Marginal Subjects: Gender and Deviance in Fin-de-siècle Spain
Marginal Subjects: Gender and Deviance in Fin-de-siècle Spain
By Akiko Tsuchiya

In Marginal Subjects, Akiko Tsuchiya shows how the figure of the deviant woman—and her counterpart, the feminized man - revealed the ambivalence of literary writers towards new methods of social control in Restoration Spain.

Published Apr 2011