A History of French Literature: From Chanson de Geste to Cinema

A History of French Literature: From Chanson de Geste to Cinema

Editor(s): David Coward

Published Online: 13 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631167587

Online ISBN: 9780470753439

DOI: 10.1002/9780470753439

About this Book

This magnificent volume provides a complete history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day, taking us beyond traditional definitions of 'literature' into the world of the best-seller and, beyond words, to graphic fiction and cinema


  • Presents a definitive history of the literature of France from its origins to the present day.
  • Incorporates coverage of Francophone writing in Europe, Canada, the West Indies and North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Links the development of literature to the mentalities and social conditions which produced it.
  • Takes us beyond "literature" to study graphic fiction, cinema and the bestseller.
  • Maps the rise of the Intellectual, and in so doing charts a progression from literary doctrine to critical theory.

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