Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
An Errant Eye – Poetry and Topography in Early Modern France - Minnesota Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

An Errant Eye: Poetry and Topography in Early Modern France

Tom Conley


This book studies how topography, the art of describing local space and place, developed literary and visual form in early modern France. Arguing for a “new poetics of space” ranging throughout French Renaissance poetry, prose, and cartography, this book performs dazzling readings of maps, woodcuts, and poems to plot a topographical shift in the late Renaissance in which space, subjectivity, and politics fall into crisis. It charts the paradox of a period whose demarcation of national space through cartography is rendered unstable by an ambient world of printed writing. This tension, the book ... More

Keywords: topography, early modern France, French Renaissance poetry, national space, cartography, topographic sensibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816669646
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Conley, author
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University