In the past few years, when I taught courses on eighteenth-century French literature in English translation to American undergraduates, I would often begin by showing brief clips from three Disney animated films: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. The students never had any difficulty identifying the films, but had only wild guesses to answer the question "What do these films have to do with this course?" They are, of course, all works of French fiction from the long eighteenth century, and an impressive demonstration of how much that old and foreign culture is still alive and familiar in middle-class twenty-first-century southern New Jersey.
"Transformations du genre romanesque,"
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