pubblicato da The Modern Language Association of America
Praised by Voltaire and admired by Pushkin, Ãvariste Parny (1753-1814) was born on the island of RÃ©union, which is east of Madagascar, and educated in France. His life as a soldier and government administrator allowed him to travel to Brazil, Africa, and India. Though from the periphery of France's colonial empire, he ultimately became a member of the AcadÃ©mie FranÃ§aise. Despite his reaching that pinnacle of respectability, some of his poetry was banned after his death.
This edition includes poems from the PoÃ©sies Ã©rotiques and ÃlÃ©gies, which established Parny's reputation; the Chansons madÃ©casses ("Madagascar Songs"), which were influential in the development of the prose poem; five of his published letters, written in a mixture of prose and verse; the narrative poem Le Voyage de CÃ©line; and selections from his sardonic, anticlerical later poetry. A substantial introduction discusses Parny's poetry in connection with its literary context and the themes of gender, race, and postcoloniality.
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