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French Women Poets of Nine Centuries: The Distaff and the Pen Hardcover – August 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (August 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801888042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801888045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,247,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pat adjectives come to mind: monumental, for instance, and authoritative, but likewise one not so pat: iconic. All three happen to fit this artistic and scholarly work of 1,229 pages.

(Virginia Quarterly Review)

Expertly rendered and carefully presented, each gem is lovingly treated... This is an exceptional, magnificent monument to French women poets, so long neglected and herewith redeemed. Summing Up: Essential.

(Choice)

Norman Shapiro allows light to shine on a host of neglected talent in this book. And he does so, lovingly. With 1182 pages in this anthology, there is a lot to love. So if you happen to know somebody who loves women, or better still, if you happen to know somebody who loves poetry, this is a great gift.

(Translation Journal)

It is a volume that offers many delights... There are anticipated pleasure to be found in relative abundance.

(Michael Bishop Dalhousie French Studies)

A singularly monumental achievement in the literary rediscovery of female-authored poetry.

(Deborah Lesko Baker French Forum)

About the Author

Norman R. Shapiro is a professor of romance languages and literatures at Wesleyan University and a widely published, award-winning translator of French poetry, theater, and fiction. His works include Four Farces by Georges Feydeau, Selected Poems from 'Les Fleurs du Mal' of Baudelaire, One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine, The Fabulists French, and The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine, winner of the Lewis Galantière Prize. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and in 2010 was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, Republic of France (Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Rubin on December 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pat adjectives come to mind:' monumental, for instance, and authoritative, but likewise one not so pat: iconic. All three happen to fit this artistic and scholarly work of 1229 pages. Not only did Norman Shapiro cover the canon from Marie de France to Anna de Noailles, but he extended it to include significant auteures from all periods (notably the twentieth century) whose work had rarely been collected or even anthologized. Shapiro's head-notes, footnotes, and bibliographies consistently illuminate text and transposition, combining necessary facts with startling critical insights. The foreword and introductions, by recognized specialists, clearly connect poetry and apparatus with the new literary history and current hermeneutics (with a refreshing diversity of ideas and methods from one essay to the next). As a result, this book promises to figure not only in syllabi for courses in French and comparative literature as well as women's studies, but also in translation workshops. The last explains iconic, which cuts two ways at once. Shapiro's versions accurately mirror the forms, formats, materials, methods, and ends of the source texts (on facing pages). Simultaneously they shine on their own as poetry in English. Chose rarissime!
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