Narration and Description in the French Realist Novel by James H. Reid
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Narration and Description in the French Realist Novel
By James H. Reid

Narration and Description in the French Realist Novel

The Temporality of Lying and Forgetting

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Narration and Description in the French Realist Novel by James H. Reid

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This new study of the nineteenth-century French realist novel focuses on the difference, and fundamental incompatibility, between the narrative and the descriptive modes of discourse. James Reid shows how the major novelists, Balzac, Flaubert and Zola, like some of their twentieth-century successors, grappled with their belief or fear that their stories lied in their representation of time and history, or that their descriptions forgot (rather than remembered) the reality of their socio-historical world. He questions recent critical approaches which have tended to reduce the realist novel to individual or historically determined narratives or speech acts. He demonstrates instead the writers' use of irony and allegory in struggling against the deceitfulness of their own texts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521420921
ISBN-10: 052142092X
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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