The Family In Crisis In Late Nineteenth-century French Fiction by Nicholas WhiteThe Family In Crisis In Late Nineteenth-century French Fiction by Nicholas White

The Family In Crisis In Late Nineteenth-century French Fiction

byNicholas WhiteEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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The Family in Crisis in Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction examines how novels represent the problems of family life at a key moment in modern social history. Nicholas White provides close readings of texts by popular novelists such as Zola and Maupassant as well as by hitherto neglected figures including Huysmans, Bourget and Armand Charpentier. His analysis, informed by a wider cultural perspective, shows how tales of adultery, illegitimacy, incest and divorce exemplify and interrogate the crisis in "family values" of late nineteenth-century France.
Title:The Family In Crisis In Late Nineteenth-century French FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521026806

ISBN - 13:9780521026802

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: fin de siècle, fin de famille?; Part I. The Promiscuous Narrative of 'Pot-Bouille': 1. Demon lover or erotic atheist?; 2. The rhythms of performance; Part II. Pleasures and Fears of Paternity: Maupassant and Zola: 3. Bel-Ami: fantasies of seduction and colonization; 4. Incest in Les Rougon-Macquart; Part III. The Blindness of Passions: Huysmans, Hennique and Zola: 5. The conquest of privacy in A Rebours; 6. Painting, politics and architecture; Coda: Bourget's Un Divorce and the 'honnête femme'; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Cusset's final chapter, devoted to Vivant Denon, is brilliantly written and fittingly closses her study. Her analysis of languages versus the regimen of social codes is especially pointed and illminating....the conclusion, which its meditation on the on the discursive practices uniting Cusset's text, Particulary the overarching role of irony as a literary technique that reffirms the self's discotinuity, offers a splendid resume of this important study.....There is much pleasure for the be found in this original book. Susan Read Baker South Atlantic Review