Wednesday, September 28, 2011

French Cinema Now

San Francisco's annual French ciné-fest - French Cinema Now - is coming up soon. The program was just announced, and includes this year's winner at Cannes, Le gamin au velo, Mathieu Amalric's version of Corneille's L'Illusion comique, as well as other films with Audrey Tautou, Vincent Landon, and Yolande Moreau. For the full program and to purchase tickets, go here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recent Faculty Publications

Recent Stanford faculty publications in French and Italian Studies...

Ceserani, Remo. L’Occhio della Medusa: Fotografia e Letteratura. Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 2011.

Daughton, J.P. "Behind the Imperial Curtain: International Humanitarian Efforts and the Critique of French Colonialism in the Interwar Years".  French Historical Studies. 34, no. 3 (2011): 503-528.

Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich. “Incarnation, now: Five brief thoughts and a non-conclusive ending.” Communication and Critical Cultural Studies 8, no. 2 (2011): 207-213.
Wittman, Laura. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Modern Mourning, and the Reinvention of the Mystical Body. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MacArthur "genius" grant goes to French historian

In a show of support for the notion that humanities scholarship is vital for our society, the MacArthur Foundation named Jacob Soll, a historian of Early Modern Europe at Rutgers University, who works specifically on France, as one of its 2011 Award recipients.

Soll presented his work on Colbert at Stanford in 2005 to a meeting of the French Culture Workshop. In addition to many articles on early modern intellectual political history, his published monographs include:

Soll, Jacob. Publishing the Prince: History, Reading, & the Birth of Political Criticism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. 

Soll, Jacob. The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Acquisitions, August-September 2011

A selected list of recent additions to Stanford’s French and Italian collections...
Beaulieu, Jean-Philippe, and Andrea Oberhuber. Jeu de masques: les femmes et le travestissement textuel (1500-1940). Saint-Étienne: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Étienne, 2011.

Bruneau, Jean-Baptiste. Le cas Drieu: Drieu La Rochelle entre écriture et engagement : débats, représentations et interprétations de 1917 à nos jours. Paris: Euredit, 2011.

Cerf, Martine, and Marc Horwitz. Dictionnaire de la laïcité. Paris: Colin, 2011.

Charle, Christophe, dir. La société civile: savoirs, enjeux et acteurs en France et en Grande-Bretagne, 1780-1914. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2011.

Delaunay, Léonor. La scène bleue: les expériences théâtrales prolétariennes et révolutionnaire en France, de la Grande Guerre au Front populaire. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2011.

Enders, Jody. "The Farce of the Fart" and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Fraisse, Luc. La petite musique du style: Proust et ses sources littéraires. Paris: Éd. Classiques Garnier, 2011.

François, Philippe. Anthologie protestante de la poésie française: XVIe-XIXe siècles. Strasbourg: Presses universitaires de Strasbourg, 2011.

Gaillard, Chantal, and Georges Navet. Dictionnaire Proudhon. Bruxelles: Ed. Aden, 2011.

Michon, Bernard. Le port de Nantes au XVIIIe siècle: construction d'une aire portuaire. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2011. 397p.

Parsis-Barubé, Odile. La province antiquaire: l'invention de l'histoire locale en France (1800-1870). Paris: CTHS Editions, 2011. 454p.

Arbib, Gloria, and Giorgio Secchi. Italiani insieme agli altri: ebrei nella Resistenza in Piemonte, 1943-1945. Torino: S. Zamorani, 2011.

Balbi, Gabriele. Le origini del telefono in Italia: politica, economia, tecnologia, società. Milano: B. Mondadori, 2011.

Banti, Alberto Mario. Atlante culturale del Risorgimento: lessico del linguaggio politico dal Settecento all'unità. Roma: Laterza, 2011.

Feniello, Amedeo. Sotto il segno del leone: storia dell'Italia musulmana. Roma: Laterza, 2011.

Ginsborg, Paul, and Enrica Asquer. Berlusconismo: analisi di un sistema di potere. Roma: Laterza, 2011.

Hughes, Howard. Cinema Italiano: The Complete Guide from Classics to Cult. London: I. B. Tauris, 2011.

Sanna, Giuseppina. Il riscatto dei lavoratori: storia dell'emigrazione italiana nel Sud-est francese (1880-1914). Roma: Ediesse, 2011.

Tartamella, Enzo. Emigranti anomali: italiani in Tunisia tra Otto e Novecento. [Trapani, Italy]: Maroda, 2011.

Tosti, Andrea. Topolino e il fumetto Disney italiano: storia, fasti, declino e nuove prospettive. Latina, Italy: Tunué, 2011.

Zazzara, Gilda. La storia a sinistra: ricerca e impegno politico dopo il fascismo. Roma: Laterza, 2011.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recently acquired rare and antiquarian materials – Roman de la Rose, early French atlas, anarchist journal

Some items of interest that are arriving soon in Special Collections.

LORRIS, Guillaume de, MEUNG, Jean de. Le Rommant de la Rose nouvellement revues et corrigé selon les precedentes impressions. [à la fin] ... et imprimé nouvellement à Paris l'an Mille cinq cent xxx viii. On les vends à Paris, Arnould et Charles les Angeliers freres ...

The first published volume of the Roman de la Rose appeared in Paris in 1481, and there were 21 editions between then and 1538. Of these, ten were published in 1537 and 1538, among them the edition offered here. After 1538 there was a break in the publication history until the eighteenth century (1735). Previously, SULAIR’s earliest copy was from 1799; the acquisition of this 1538 copy allows faculty and students to see how the work appeared to Renaissance readers. There are 49 woodcuts in this edition, and one can see some marks in the text made by a previous owner.

TASSIN, Christophe. Les plans et profils de toutes les principales villes et lieux considérables de France Ensemble les Cartes de chacune Province & les particulières de chaque Gouvernement d’icelles. Paris, Melchior Tavernier & N. Bercy (tome II), 1638-1644.

17 parties en 2 volumes in-4 oblong relié plein vélin souple de l’époque, titre manuscrit au dos. Edition originale du tome I et nouvelle édition du tome II.

This is one of the earliest French atlases, and bears the name of Christophe Tassin (sometimes mistakenly called Nicolas Tassin), who was a royal engineer, geographer, and print seller. This example is a mixed set, with the first volume from the first edition, and the second from a later edition. Tassin initally held the privilege on his work, rather than the publisher as was common, but he soon delegated it to certain booksellers and so the work appeared under several publishers, including Berey (this copy). This atlas contains topographic maps either made on site, composed from firsthand sketches by military engineers, or sometimes taken directly from other mapmakers, such as Chastillon. This work contains over 400 engravings of views, city plans, chateaux and monuments.

Sottovia, Ettore, ed. Il Conferenziere Libertario: Rivista MensileRoma: 1922-1925, bound in two parts, as follows: Nos. 1-24 (January 1922-December 1923) and Nos. 25-42, 45, 47-48 (January 1924-December, 1925); quarto, illustrated.
Very rare anti-fascist/anarchist periodical – we may be the only US library with a collection. Issues #43, 44, 46 may have been suppressed according to an internal note. This periodical complements other holdings of early European anti-fascist and anarchist materials, including Quaderni di "Giustizia e Libertà (1932), printed in Paris and hidden under a paper cover marking it as La filosofia di Giambattista Vico, Seconda edizione!
brought to you by...
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections