The essays in this volume investigate origins and identities of individuals and groups in French literature from the seventeenth century to the present, as well in French literature in general. They show how, as France developed a national identity through its literature, individuals of various origins searched for their own identities and often called into question not only traditional identities, but also the very literary means of creating them.
Introduction. Roger SHATTUCK: Looking Backward: Genetic Criticism and the Genetic Fallacy. John D. LYONS: Race and Merit: The Dilemma of Corneille's Carlos. Mary C. EKMAN: Opening the Account: Initiatory Strategies and Noble Identity in Early Modern Women's Memoirs. Annie SMART: Le sexe ou la tête? Decapitation and Female Identity in 1793. Barbara T. COOPER: Ancelot's Louis IX and the Definition of National Identity in Restoration France. J.A. HIDDLESTON: Baudelaire's Contradictions. Jane KOUSTAS: Translation(s), Origin(s) and Identity in the Theatre of Robert Lepage. Leonard R. KOOS: Between Two Worlds: Constructing Colonialist Identity in the Turn-of-the-Century Algeria. Michael F. O'RILEY: (Re)Drawing the Borders of French National Identity: Transmission Problems in Beur Literature. Margaret HEADY: The Identity Quest of Ti Jean L'Horizon: Returning to the Point of Entanglement. Michelle TROIZIER-CHEYNE: A Nation of the Nationless: Literary Memorials and Imagining Identity in Response to the Shoah. Annie JOUAN-WESTLUND: Doubrovs - Qui?: le moi, le même et l'autre. Helène M. JULIEN: Voyage, référentialité, et la question des origines dans L'immoraliste et La modification. Philippe BARBÉ: Hétérotopies et cartographie existentielle: des lieux de Marguerite Duras.