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International Scholarship As several books published over the past two years demonstrate, Southern writers attract the most critical attention in France. Some recent studies also focus on the cultural history of American Indians with its environmental ethos and identity consciousness. French scholars are intrigued by Indian-white relations and the life stories of indigenous peoples. These studies explore the notion of “othering” to offer a reflection of the way the literary history of America—including Canada and the Caribbean—is to be understood. Among other trends in French scholarship is an inexhaustible curiosity in 19th-century literature, especially the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. William Faulkner and John Steinbeck are the main focus of criticism on 20thcentury fiction. Henri Justin’s Avec Poe jusqu’au bout de la prose (Gallimard) is among the most learned and thorough studies on Poe ever published in France. The four chapters of this lively text assess Poe’s life, aims and methods, dream world, syntax, and literary strategy. In the first chapter Justin questions some of the received ideas about the author and reexamines the French face of Poe drawn long ago by Charles Baudelaire and Paul Valéry. By emphasizing biographical data and dwelling on the sociohistorical forces http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Literary Scholarship Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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0065-9142
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Abstract

As several books published over the past two years demonstrate, Southern writers attract the most critical attention in France. Some recent studies also focus on the cultural history of American Indians with its environmental ethos and identity consciousness. French scholars are intrigued by Indian-white relations and the life stories of indigenous peoples. These studies explore the notion of “othering” to offer a reflection of the way the literary history of America—including Canada and the Caribbean—is to be understood. Among other trends in French scholarship is an inexhaustible curiosity in 19th-century literature, especially the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. William Faulkner and John Steinbeck are the main focus of criticism on 20thcentury fiction. Henri Justin’s Avec Poe jusqu’au bout de la prose (Gallimard) is among the most learned and thorough studies on Poe ever published in France. The four chapters of this lively text assess Poe’s life, aims and methods, dream world, syntax, and literary strategy. In the first chapter Justin questions some of the received ideas about the author and reexamines the French face of Poe drawn long ago by Charles Baudelaire and Paul Valéry. By emphasizing biographical data and dwelling on the sociohistorical forces

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American Literary ScholarshipDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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