An Introduction to Nineteenth-century French Literature

An Introduction to Nineteenth-century French Literature

eBook - 2007
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McMillan Palgrave

Everyone knows something of nineteenth-century France - or do they? "Les Miserables", "The Lady of the Camelias" and "The Three Musketeers", "Balzac" and "Jules Verne" live in the popular consciousness as enduring human documents and cultural icons. Yet, the French nineteenth century was even more dynamic than the stereotype suggests. This exciting new introduction takes the literature of the period both as a window on past and present mindsets and as an object of fascination in its own right. Beginning with history, the century's biggest problem and potential, it looks at narrative responses to historical, political and social experience, before devoting central chapters to poetry, drama and novels - all genres the century radically reinvented. It then explores numerous modernities, ways nineteenth-century writing and mentalities look forward to our own, before turning to marginalities - subjects and voices the canon traditionally forgot. No genre was left unchanged by the nineteenth century. This book will help to discover them anew.


Takes the literature of the period both as a window on various mindsets and as an object of fascination in its own right. Beginning with history, the century's biggest problem and potential, this title looks at narrative responses to historical, political and social experience, before devoting central chapters to poetry, drama and novels.



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Farrant (French, Pembroke College, Oxford) explores some of the themes, genres, authors, and texts of 19th-century French literature. He begins with a look at history, reviewing the impact of Napoleon and the mythology surrounding him. In subsequent sections, he deals in turn with stories, poetry, drama, and novels. He concludes by considering various forms of modernity in the literature and discussing some more marginal texts that express the key tensions of the era. Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London :, Duckworth,, 2007
ISBN: 9781472537638
1472537637
0715629077
9780715629079
Characteristics: 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations

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