This book brings together essays and reviews that Malcolm Bowie published in journals and collective volumes but did not subsequently use as chapters in his books. It reflects Malcolm's love and knowledge of music, the fine rhythms and patterns of his style, and his liking for brief forms.
Table of Contents
Part I: Music 1. Song Man: On Lieder 2. Mérimée and Bizet: The Adventures of a Myth 3. Eugene Onegin: Tatyana’s Dream 4. Così fan tutte: Eros and Irony 5. Is Music Criticism Criticism? 6. From Book to Libretto 7. Charles Rosen (1927–2012) 8. Charles Rosen and the Recovery of Musical Structure 9. On Charles Rosen’s Critical Entertainments 10. Massenet’s Manon (performance) 11. Verdi’s La Traviata (performance) 12. Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (performance) 13. Debussy’s Letters 14. Liszt’s Letters 15. The Death of Franz Liszt Part II: Europe an Culture and Literature from the Middle Ages to 1900 16. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie: Love, Death and Money in the Pays d’Oc 17. Molière’s The Miser (performance) 18. Les Liaisons dangereuses (film) 19. Dumas and Laforgue 20. Nerval: Archetypes, Structures and ‘Total Criticism’ 21. Nerval’s Aurélia 22. The Actress from Nerval to Proust 23. Baudelaire’s Life 24. What is Symbolism? (I) 25. What is Symbolism? (II) 26. On Venice and Paris 27. Mesmerism and the Poetics of Rupture 28. Flaubert and an English Governess 29. Introduction to Madame Bovary 30. Discussing Mallarmé 31. Mallarmé: Biography and Translation 32. Mallarmé’s Letters; Paul Bénichou’s Mallarmé 33. Jean-Pierre Richard and ‘Supersignificance’ 34. Bertrand Marchal’s Edition of Mallarmé 35. Mallarmé, Mystery in Literature (translation by Malcolm Bowie) Part III: Europe an Culture and Literature After 1900 (I) Race, Gender and Contemporary French Culture 36. Anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity 37. Images of Woman and Ideas of Nation, France 1789–1989 (exhibition) 38. Introduction to Judith Butler 39. Contemporary French Culture: A Preface (II) Surrealism and Modern French Poetry 40. Artifice, Obliqueness and Sensuality in Valéry 41. Saint-John Perse 42. Surrealism: Dreaming and Doing 43. Surrealism and the Absurd 44. On Breton and Surrealism 45. A Breton Bibliography 46. Bataille’s Fiction 47. Denis Hollier on Bataille and Leiris 48. Henri Michaux: A Mind in Crisis 49. Michaux Criticism 50. ‘Life-imagination’ in Six Modern French Writers 51. Punsters’ Parnassus: The Delectable Pong of Francis Ponge 52. René Char 53. The Widening Gap between French and English Poetry 54. On René Daumal 55. On Yves Bonnefoy 56. The Dodecasyllabic Hero: Jacques Roubaud on the Alexandrine 57. French Poetry 1850–1950 58. The Diversity of Post-War French Poetry 59. The Idea of ‘Movement’ in Literature (III) Proust 60. On Proust Among the Stars 61. Proust’s Centenary 62. Proust Corrected: A Revised Translation 63. Proust: The Quality of Awareness; Letters; Translation 64. Two Biographies of Proust 65. Many Hands Make Proust Work: A New Translation 66. Sexually Scenic: Swann in Love (film) 67. Death and the Artistic Vocation: Time Regained (film) (IV) Existentialism and Postcolonialism 68. On Camus 69. Critical Guides (Balzac, Camus, Queneau) 70. Feeling Close: Sartre’s Intimacy (performance) 71. Genet’s The Balcony (performance) 72. Genet’s Deathwatch and The Maids (performance) 73. Césaire’s a Tempest (performance) (V) Comparative Criticism; Borges; Iris Murdoch 74. On Comparative Criticism 75. Reclaiming Poetry 76. Borges and the Art of Allusion 77. Iris Murdoch’s The Book and the Brotherhood Part IV: Psychoanalysis and Theory 78. Semiologies 79. Freud in France 80. Foucault and Barthes 81. Modern Literary Theory: Its Place in Teaching 82. The Reviewer’s Task: D. J. Enright, Gabriel Josipovici and Erich Heller 83. Thomas Adam Pepper 84. P. N. Furbank 85. Barthes on Proust 86. Christopher Bollas 87. The Fate of Pleasure: An Update