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Colette

(Encyclopedia)Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)sdn´ gäbrl´ klt´ [key], 1873–1954, French novelist. Colette achieved popularity with numerous novels, characterized by sensitive observations—p...

Jouvenel, Henry de

(Encyclopedia)Jouvenel, Henry de äNr´ d zhoovnl´ [key], 1876–1935, French statesman and journalist. Although from an early age influential in politics, he refused to join a party, claiming that exist...

Kristeva, Julia

(Encyclopedia)Kristeva, Julia, 1941–, French critic, psychoanalyst, semiotician, and writer, b. Sliven, Bulgaria. Writing in French, she has explored many subjects including structuralist linguistics and semiotic...

French literature

(Encyclopedia)French literature, writings in medieval French dialects and standard modern French. Writings in Provençal and Breton are considered separately, as are works in French produced abroad (as at Canadian ...

novel

(Encyclopedia)novel, in modern literary usage, a sustained work of prose fiction a volume or more in length. It is distinguished from the short story and the fictional sketch, which are necessarily brief. Although ...

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