The year 1998 marked the fiftieth anniversary of Yale French Studies. Taking this occasion to look back on the evolution of the journal and, by extension, on the field of French studies over the past half-century, the Editorial Board of YFS is producing a two-volume commemorative anthology. The selected articles reflect scholars and themes that either represent or run counter to the main trends of a vibrant scholarly tradition during an intellectually exciting period.
The prefaces to this first volume of the anthology and the introductions to each decade add a retrospective glance at the role that Yale French Studies has played over the years.
Peter Brooks and Charles A. Porter: Introduction to the Anthology; Georges May "The fact that I happened to have witnessed . . ."
I. 19481959 Charles Porter Introduction; Jacques Guicharnaud Those Years: Existentialism 1943-1945; Georges May Jean Giraudoux: Academism and Idiosyncrasies; Henri Peyre Romantic Poetry and Rhetoric
II. 19601969 FrançoiseJaouen Introduction; Jeremy Mitchel SwinburneThe Disappointed Protagonist; Kurt Weinberg Nietzsche’s Paradox of Tragedy; Michael Holquist What Is a Boojum? Nonsense and Modernism
III. 19701979 Ora Avni Introduction; Jacques Derrida The Purveyor of Truth; Roger Dragonetti "Le nenuphar blanc": A Poetic Dream with Two Unknowns; Jacques Ehrmann The Tragic/Utopian Meaning of History