The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel: From 1800 to the Present

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
This volume offers a unique and valuable insight into the novel in French over the past two centuries. In a series of essays, acknowledged experts discuss a variety of topics including nineteenth-century realism, women and fiction, popular fiction, experiment and innovation, war and the Holocaust, the Francophone novel, and postmodern fiction. They offer a challenging reassessment of major figures, while deliberately reading traditional views of literary history against the grain. Theoretical discussion is combined with close reading of texts and exploration of context, comparison with other genres and other literatures, and reference to novels from earlier periods. This companionable introduction includes a chronology and guide to further reading. From it emerges a strong sense of the vitality and energy of the modern French novel, and of the debates surrounding it.
 

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Contents

On the novel and the writing of literary history
1
Novels of testimony and the invention of the modern French novel
16
Reality and its representation in the nineteenthcentury novel
36
Women and fiction in the nineteenth century
54
Popular fiction in the nineteenth century
73
Decadence and the findesiecle novel
93
The Proustian revolution
111
Formal experiment and innovation
126
War and the Holocaust
161
From serious to popular fiction
179
The colonial and postcolonial Francophone novel
194
The FrenchCanadian novel
214
Gender and sexual identity in the modern French novel
223
Postmodern French fiction practice and theory
242
General Bibliography
261
Index
264

Existentialism engagement ideology
145

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