The Oxford Book of French Short Stories
This collection of French short stories in translation expands our idea of French writing by including new stories by women writers and by authors of Francophone origin. Spanning the centuries from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth, the collection opens with a rumbustious tale from the Marquis de Sade, takes in the masters of the nineteenth century, from Stendhal and Balzac to Maupassant, and reaches to Quebec, Africa, and the French Caribbean in the twentieth century. Women writers include relatively well known figures such as Renee Vivien, Colette, and Beauvoir, and newer writers such as Assia Djebar, Christiane Baroche, and Annie Saumont. The French short story is a rich and diverse medium, but all the stories selected share a common characteristic: they make exciting reading.
- Paperback | 376 pages
- 142.2 x 216.4 x 19.8mm | 480.82g
- 18 Jul 2002
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
About Elizabeth Fallaize
Dr Fallaize is Fellow of French at St. John's College, Oxford, and editor of Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Reader (Routledge, 1998), French Women's Writing: Recent Fiction (Macmillan, 1993), and French Fiction in the Mitterand Years. She is a co-editor of the journal French Studies.
The anthology takes a tour through the high spots of French nineteenth-century literature * Katy Emck, Times Literary Supplement * wide-ranging collection . . . All the greats are here . . . * Sunday Telegraph 19/05/2002 * This is a delightful collection, ideal either for Tube reading or for savouring at greater length * Daily Telegraph 18/5/02 *
Table of contents
Introduction ; The husband who said mass ; Vanina Vanini ; The coffee pot ; The message ; The Venus of Ille ; Story of a Madman ; The last lesson ; A Simple Heart ; The Necklace ; At Sea ; Gloomy Tale, Gloomier Teller ; Knapsack at the ready ; The Lady with the She-Wolf ; The Walking Stick ; Gribiche ; The Wall ; The man in the street ; An Errand ; The Guest ; Monologue ; The Lily of the Valley Lay-by ; Do you remember the rue d'Orchampt? ; The checkup ; There is No Exile ; The Negro with the White Shadow ; The Underwear of the Woman Up Above ; The Finest Stroy in the World ; Public Transit