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Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws, editor

Mary Ann Caws, editor
Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry
(Yale University Press, 2004; 576 pp.) 

The Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry presents a comprehensive bilingual representation of French poetic achievement in the twentieth century, from the turn-of-the century poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire to the high modernist art of Samuel Beckett to the contemporary edgier verse of Michel Houellebecq. Caws has chosen work from more than 100 poets for this anthology; her deliberately wide-ranging selection includes work by Francophone poets, writers better known for accomplishments in other genres, and many more female poets than typically represented in anthologies of modern French literature. The anthology is arranged chronologically and broken into periods, beginning with the symbolist and post-symbolist poets (1897-1915) and ending with the contemporary scene (1981-2000). Short introductory essays set the tone for each section. Caws is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUN 10, 2004

Category: Comparative Literature, Faculty Books