Balzacs Shorter Fictions: Genesis and Genre

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

byTim Farrant

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Balzac's reputation is as a novelist. But short stories make up over half La Comedie humaine, besides scores of other tales and articles. Short forms appear early in Balzac's output, and shape his work throughout his career. Balzac's Shorter Fictions looks at the whole of this corpus, at thenature of short fiction, and at how Balzac's novels developed from his stories - at the links between literary genesis and genre. It explores the roles of short fiction in Balzac's creation, its part in producing effects of virtuality and perspective, and reflects ultimately on the relationshipbetween brevity and length in La Comedie humaine.This, the first complete English-language study of Balzac's work for over forty years, synthesizes recent research on Balzac's practice within the context of modern thought on the author. It is an indispensable book for students and scholars of Balzac, and for all those interested in prose fiction.

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Balzac's reputation is as a novelist. But short stories make up over half La Comedie humaine, besides scores of other tales and articles. Short forms appear early in Balzac's output, and shape his work throughout his career. Balzac's Shorter Fictions looks at the whole of this corpus, at thenature of short fiction, and at how Balzac's ...

Fellow in French at Pembroke College and a CUF Lecturer in French at the university of Oxford

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198151977

ISBN - 13:9780198151975

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Table of Contents

General Introduction1. Philosophies of Composition: From `Corsino' to the `Code des gens honnettes', 1818-18252. From Code to Physiologie, 1826-18293. The First Scenes de la vie privee, 1829-18304. Narratives and Newspapers, 1829-18305. Balzac and the Literary Reviews, October 1830 - August 18316. From la Peau de chagrin to the Contes drolatiques, 1831-18327. Balzac, Roi de la Nouvelle: from the `Contes bruns' To `Le Cure de Tours' (1832)8. Another Destiny? From `Louis Lambert' to `Le Pere Goriot', September 1832 - March 18359. Building the Cathedral, 1835-183810. Relative Values, 1838-183911. Roi des romanciers? Scenes, Satires, and Serials, 1839-184012. Towards the Comedie, 1840-184113. La Grrrrrrande Comedie, 1842-184514. Constellations and Supernovellas: `Nouvelle' And Novel, 1841-1844Conclusion;Balzac's Shorter FictionsBibliographyIndex