Naturalist Fiction: The Entropic Vision by David BaguleyNaturalist Fiction: The Entropic Vision by David Baguley

Naturalist Fiction: The Entropic Vision

byDavid BaguleyEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | November 3, 2005

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This is the first major study of naturalist fiction as a distinct literary genre. The author focuses mainly on French naturalist literature, but also draws examples from other national traditions, particularly from the English novel. Professor Baguley questions many traditional assumptions on important theoretical issues such as the nature of literary history, the concepts of "realism" and "naturalism," and the relations between science and literature. He also analyzes a number of key works in detail. He demonstrates that, far from merely recording the external aspects of reality, naturalist fiction employs the strategies of realist art to convey a profoundly disturbing vision of that reality.
Title:Naturalist Fiction: The Entropic VisionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:November 3, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521021626

ISBN - 13:9780521021623

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Histories; 2. Theories: realism, naturalism, genre; 3. The founding texts; 4. The tragic model; 5. Comic strains; 6. In the ironic modes: naturalist satire and parody; 7. The 'scandal' of naturalism; 8. Naturalist description; 9. The entropic vision; 10. By way of conclusion: two English examples; Notes; Translations; Select bibliography; Index.

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"David Baguley has performed a real service to scholars of French literature and Naturalism with this work....takes a bold look at traditional and contemporary criticism, and exposes a vast array of naturalist texts in a manner that will not fail to captivate its reader." Marcia J. Thompson Diamond, French Review