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Kingdom of Disorder

Theory of Tragedy in Classical France

by John Lyons

In this revisionist study of the poetics of tragedy during the French classical age, John Lyons challenges prevailing notions of a coherent, unified, and widely accepted "classical doctrine."

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La Chançun de Willame

With an Etymological Glossary

Nancy V. Iseley

La Chancun de Willame is an Old French epic poem written before 1150 concerning Vivien's resistance to an invading Moslem army and the efforts of his uncle William to rescue him. The poem has a second part dedicated to the activities of a kitchen boy named Reneward in the same battlefield. This volume, edited by Nancy V. Iseley, includes an etymological glossary by Guerard Piffard.

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La Chanson de Willame

A Critical Study

Howard S. Robertson

Published in 1966, this study is an interpretation of the Chanson de Willame and at the same time an enlargement of traditional concepts defining all medieval epic literature calculated to advance our appreciation of its literary quality.

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The Lacanian Subject

Between Language and Jouissance

Bruce Fink

This book presents the radically new theory of subjectivity found in the work of Jacques Lacan. Against the tide of post-structuralist thinkers who announce "the death of the subject," Bruce Fink explores what it means to come into being as a subject where impersonal forces once reigned, subjectify the alien roll of the dice at the beginning of our universe, and make our own knotted web of our parents' desires that led them to bring us into this world.

Lucidly guiding readers through the labyrinth of Lacanian theory--unpacking such central notions as the Other, object a, the unconscious as structures like a language, alienation and separation, the paternal metaphor, jouissance, and sexual difference--Fink demonstrates in-depth knowledge of Lacan's theoretical and clinical work. Indeed, this is the first book to appear in English that displays a firm grasp of both theory and practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis, the author being one of the only Americans to have undergone full training with Lacan's school in Paris.

Fink Leads the reader step by step into Lacan's conceptual system to explain how one comes to be a subject--leading to psychosis. Presenting Lacan's theory in the context of his clinical preoccupations, Fink provides the most balanced, sophisticated, and penetrating view of Lacan's work to date--invaluable to the initiated and the uninitiated alike.

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LaMettrie's L'Homme Machine

Aram Vartanian

As a classic of the French Enlightenment, L’Homme Machine has in the past been of equal interest to students of philosophy, science, and literature. The present edition offers the first established text, with extensive notes. In his introduction, Dr. Vartanian discusses La Mettrie’s thesis, its sources, the place of the man-machine idea in the development of La Mettrie’s materialism, and its critical impact on the intellectual struggles of the eighteenth century.

Originally published in 1960.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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Last Steps

Maurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing

Christopher Fynsk

Writing, Maurice Blanchot taught us, is not something that is in one's power. It is, rather, a search for a non-power that refuses mastery, order, and all established authority. For Blanchot, this search was guided by an enigmatic exigency, an arresting rupture, and a promise of justice that required endless contestation of every usurping authority, an endless going out toward the other."The step/not beyond" ("le pas au-delà") names this exilic passage as it took form in his influential later work, but not as a theme or concept, since its "step" requires a transgression of discursive limits and any grasp afforded by the labor of the negative. Thus, to follow "the step/not beyond" is to follow a kind of event in writing, to enter a movement that is never quite captured in any defining or narrating account.Last Steps attempts a practice of reading that honors the exilic exigency even as it risks drawing Blanchot's reflective writings and fragmentary narratives into the articulation of a reading. It brings to the fore Blanchot's exceptional contributions to contemporary thought on the ethico-political relation, language, and the experience of human finitude. It offers the most sustained interpretation of The Step Not Beyond available, with attentive readings of a number of major texts, as well as chapters on Levinas and Blanchot's relation to Judaism. Its trajectory of reading limns the meaning of a question from The Infinite Conversation that implies an opening and a singular affirmation rather than a closure: "How had he come to will the interruption of the discourse?"

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Laurent de Premierfait's Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes

Patricia May Gathercole

For the first time since the sixteenth century, a new edition is here made available of the first book of Laurent de Premierfait's French version of De Casibus virorum illustrium (Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes).

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The Lay of Guingamor

A Study

Sara Sturm

In her study of Marie de France's twelfth century poem, The Lay of Guingamor, Sara Strum examines the work as a hero-quest tale in the vein of Christian morality thus upending previous scholarship about this medieval work.

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Le Chastoiement d'un père à son fils

A Critical Edition

Petrus Alphonsi

This is a critical edition of an adaptation of the Discipline Clericalis, the first western collection of eastern apologues, written between 1105 and 1110 by Petrus Alphonsi. The literary and social impact of this work was profound; we find adaptations of its prologues in the vernacular literatures of western Europe and evidence that medieval ecclesiastics used them in their sermons.

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