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Literary Criticism, France

Literary Criticism, France Book List

Winner of the 1989 NEMLA-Ohio University Press Book Award
Cover of 'Stages of Self'

Stages of Self
Dramatic Monologues of Laforgue, Valéry, and Mallarmé
By Elisabeth A. Howe

The dramatic monologue has attracted considerable critical attention in English but is rarely considered relevant to French poetry and has generally been ignored in studies of comparative literature. In Stages of Self, various poems by Jules Laforgue, Stephane Mallarmé, and Paul Ambroise Valery are analyzed to show that they conform to the norms of the genre even though they bear little surface resemblance to the dramatic monologues by Browning, Pound, or Eliot.