Lucidity
Essays in Honour of Alison Finch

Edited by Ian James and Emma Wilson

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 September 2016  •  208pp

ISBN: 978-1-909662-88-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-315543-19-2 (Taylor & Francis ebook)

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This collection of essays addresses the question of lucidity as a thematic in literature and film but also as a quality of both expression and insight in literary criticism and critical thought more generally. The essays offer treatments of lucidity in itself and in relation to its opposites, forms of obscurity and darkness. They offer attention to problems of philosophical thought and reason, to questions of literary and poetic form, and of photographic and filmic contemplation. Ranging from engagements with early modern writing through to more recent material the contributions focus in particular on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French prose and poetry, the field which has been the predominant focus of Alison Finch’s critical writing. They are written as tributes to the distinctively lucid insights of her work and to the breadth and clarity of its intellectual engagement.

Ian James is Reader in Modern French Literature and Thought at Downing College, Cambridge, and Emma Wilson Professor of French Literature and the Visual Arts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Reviews:

  • ‘This carefully crafted volume offers subtle and sustained reflections on the theme of lucidity as it is manifested in a range of cultural forms and media... This volume of fine schol- arship is dedicated to Alison Finch. As such, it pays tribute to her writing, teaching, and personal qualities, and constitutes a fitting tribute to her own lucidity.’ — Shirley Jordan, French Studies 74.1, January 2020, 157 (full text online)

Contents:

1-8
Introduction
Ian James, Emma Wilson
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9-19
Lucidity and Tact
Ian James
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20-31
‘À propos, ou hors de propos, il n’importe’: Relevance Theory and Montaigne
Neil Kenny
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32-43
Lucidity and Misrecognition in Late Corneille
Michael Moriarty
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44-55
Flaubert: Lucidity, Mysticism, and the Senses
Tim Unwin
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56-71
Lucidity, Modernity: Mallarmé, Morisot, and Zola
Susan Harrow
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72-85
Easy Reading: Zola’s Kitsch
Claire White
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86-96
The Fog of War: Impressionism and Zola Revisited
Nicholas White
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97-109
Baudelaire, Bonnefoy, Jeanne Duval: Poetry and Ethical Lucidity
Michael Sheringham
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110-120
The Peculiar Lucidities of Verse Form: Translation as an Operation of Consciousness
Clive Scott
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121-131
Marcel Proust, On and Off
Thomas Baldwin
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132-144
Seeing Clearly into the Past: Sartre and Beauvoir at War
Colin Davis
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145-156
Nathalie Sarraute’s Domestic Spaces: Windows, Walls, and Blinding Lucidity
Ann Jefferson
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157-168
‘Et la raison vacilla’: Sociality as Burden in Tahar Djaout and Mohammed Dib
Edward J. Hughes
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169-180
‘The open sea but not the wilderness’: Light and Clarity in the Late Work of Colette and Agnes Varda
Diana Holmes
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181-191
Varda’s Hermitage: The Madonna del Parto and La Pointe Courte
Emma Wilson
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Bibliography entry:

James, Ian, and Emma Wilson (eds), Lucidity: Essays in Honour of Alison Finch (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Lucidity: Essays in Honour of Alison Finch, ed. by Ian James and Emma Wilson (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 James and Wilson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

James, Ian, and Emma Wilson (eds). 2016. Lucidity: Essays in Honour of Alison Finch (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (James and Wilson 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 James and Wilson 2016: 21.

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