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Durham Modern Languages Series

New Publications

Framing Narratives of the Second World War and Occupation in France, 1939-2009: New Readings

edited by Margaret Atack and Christopher Lloyd

Published by Manchester University Press in the Durham Modern Languages Series
216 x 138 mm 256 pages Hardback 978-0-7190-8755-4 August 2012 £65.00

About the Author

Margaret Atack is Professor of French at the University of Leeds; Christopher Lloyd is Professor of French at Durham University


The Second World War and the German Occupation remain a major focal point in French culture and society, with new and sometimes controversial titles published every year – Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française and Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes, both rapidly translated into English, offer just two examples of this significant phenomenon. Gathering within one volume studies of genres, visual cultures, chronology, narrative theory, and a wealth of narratives in fiction and film, Framing narratives of the Second World War and occupation in France 1939-2009 brings together an internationally distinguished group of contributors and offers an authoritative overview of criticism on war and occupation narratives in French, a redefinition of the canon of texts and films to be studied and a vibrant demonstration of the richness of the work in this area.

Saramago's Labyrinths: A journey through form and content in Blindness and All the Names

by Rhian Atkin

Published by Manchester University Press in the Durham Modern Languages Series
234 x 156 mm 176 pages Hardback 978-0-7190-8630-4 June 2012 £65.00

About the Author

Rhian Atkin is Lecturer in Portuguese literature and visual cultures at the University of Bristol


Saramago’s Labyrinths is the first book-length study to focus on the relationship between form and the content in Saramago’s writing, paying particular attention to Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) and Todos os Nomes (All the Names). Atkin provides a close textual analysis of Blindness and All the Names, and suggests that the labyrinth pervades Saramago’s work, both in the form of the text, and as a literary and philosophical trope. She makes clear connections between these novels and Saramago’s other literary works, and identifies ways in which Saramago causes the reader to return to and consider the philosophical, epistemological and ethical concerns and dilemmas that are recurrent in his literary output. Atkin’s jargon-free approach to Saramago’s complex ideas, and her thorough understanding of Portuguese history, culture and society, make this an accessible yet challenging guide to Saramago’s fiction, for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars with or without prior knowledge of the Portuguese context.

Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in the Republic of Letters: Essays in honour of Richard G. Maber

Edited by Paul Scott

Published by Manchester University Press in the Durham Modern Languages Series
216x138 mm 256pages, 5 b&w illustrations Hardback 978-0-7190-8282-5 June 2010 £60.00

About the Editor

Paul Scott is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Kansas


The Republic of Letters emerged during the seventeenth century as a concept to describe the interaction between scholars across Europe and beyond. While the concept was an imaginary one, it was firmly grounded in a reality of close circles of interaction between intellectuals, which had always existed but which was now endowed with a renewed sense of collaboration and participation within this community without barriers of statehood or creed. These fifteen essays explore differing aspects of collaboration and interdisciplinarity in the context of the radical change in mindset that the emergence of the Republic of Letters had fostered. Essays deal with French and English theatre, travel writing, the identity of the woman writer, the nature and function of gossip, scholarly interaction, and political and theological ideologies. The volume offers new insights into the mechanisms and workings of the Republic of Letters and charts the transition of scholarly pursuit being classified, even by some scholars themselves, as a solitary and sometimes pedantic pursuit to the notion of a network of ideas and interchange. This self-identification with a transnational league which knew no limits of geography, resources, gender or class marks a radical transition in the history of ideas and was to have far-reaching consequences, solidly preparing the way for the Enlightenment.

Essays in Later Medieval French Literature: The Legacy of Jane H. M. Taylor

Edited by Rebecca Dixon

Published by Manchester University Press in the Durham Modern Languages Series
216 x 138 mm 176 pages, 7 b/w illus. Hardback 978-0-7190-8192-7 Feb 2010 £60.00

About the Editor

Rebecca Dixon is Leverhulme Research Fellow in late medieval Burgundian culture and middle French literature in the Department of French, University of Leeds.


Over the course of a career spanning five decades, Jane Taylor has shown a commitment to the rehabilitation of the more neglected aspects of later medieval French literature. This volume brings together original contributions from scholars who have worked alongside Taylor and directly or indirectly benefited from her example. The chapters demonstrate their authors’ link to this legacy, and underline the vibrancy and breadth of approach which is the hallmark of current later medieval studies. The essays in the collection centre on a number of key issues in the field: notions of literary self-consciousness and what it means to come after an avatar; issues of intertextuality and the appeal to past models in the creation of a new literary aesthetic (or a new literary criticism); and interdisciplinary questions of translation, reworking and continuation. Essays in Later Medieval French Literature seeks not only to illustrate the buoyant state of later medieval French literary studies but also, in so doing, to show how in broader terms responding to the legacy of an illustrious predecessor has not pejorative but positive consequences.
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