The order of mimesis : Balzac, Stendhal, Nerval, Flaubert

Christopher Prendergast

This book is a challenging investigation of the idea of literary mimesis in the light of contemporary literary theory. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives developed in and around the work of Barthes, Kristeva, Genette and Derrida, Dr Prendergast explores approaches to the concept of mimesis and relates these to a number of narrative texts produced in the period which literary history familiarly designates as the age of realism: Balzac's Illusions Perdues and Splendeurs et Miseres des Courtisanes, Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir, Nerval's Sylvie and Flaubert's L'Education Sentimentale. The book is not merely expository however: one of the author's aims is to engage with much of the polemical debate which has surrounded the topic, in the belief that a recognition of the historical conditions determining both the theory and practice of mimesis must be recovered.

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  • General editors preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. The order of mimesis: poison, nausea, health
  • 2. The economy of mimesis
  • 3. Balzac: narrative contracts
  • 4. Stendhal: the ethics of verisimilitude
  • 5. Nerval: the madness of mimesis
  • 6. Flaubert: the stupidity of mimesis
  • 7. Conclusion: mimesis, a matter for the police?
  • Notes
  • Translations
  • Select bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 The order of mimesis : Balzac, Stendhal, Nerval, Flaubert
著作者等 Prendergast, Christopher
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in French
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1986
ページ数 vii, 288 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521369770
NCID BA00134022
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス