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Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables and the Novels of the Grotesque

door Karen Masters-Wicks
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Karen Masters-Wicks Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables and the Novels of the Grotesque
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This important study focuses on the novels of Victor Hugo, one of the most well-known French authors of the nineteenth century. Through close readings of his most celebrated narratives, Les Misérables and Notre Dame de Paris; his juvenelia, Han d'Islande, Bug-Jargal, and Le Dernier jour d'un condamné; and his later fiction, Les Travailleurs de la mer, L'Homme qui rit, and Quatrevingt-treize, the author breaks new ground in her elaboration of the problem of the grotesque esthetic between Hugo's novels and his romantic manifesto of 1827, the «Préface de Cromwell,» in which he argues for inclusion of the grotesque as an esthetic part of the new romantic drama. This «modern» esthetic of contrast thus becomes the point of departure from which his narrative springs. It is the cornerstone of the differentiation between romantic and classical literature. Hugo takes as his starting point the breakdown of all esthetic codes and creates a new framework for reading literature, that is, a romanticism of overcodified deformations.

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Schrijver:
Karen Masters-Wicks

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Buch gebunden
Uitgever van videogames:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc. New York
Biografie:
The Author: Karen Master-Wicks received her Ph.D. in French Literature from New York University. She is Director of Curriculum and Instructional Development at the College Board. Her research interests include multimedia language methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to nineteenth-century French literature. She has previously published in scholarly journals.
Beoordeling:
"The grotesque is not a hidden configuration in Hugo's universe; he himself foregrounds it. Karen Master-Wicks renews our interest in this essential component of his work through her ingenous and relentless examination of its implications." (Charles Affron, New York University)
"Master-Wick's study of Hugo's early novels ... shows very convincingly that the 'grotesque esthetic' which was expressed in his 'Préface de Cromwell' (1827) was at the very heart of the narrative and thematic structure of all his early novels. 'Harmonie des contraires' (grotesque vs. sublime) notes Masters-Wicks in her chapter on 'Notre Dame de Paris' is at the center of Hugo's novels. This scholarly work leaves no doubt, in the readers mind, that Hugo's fascination for the grotesque (central to his novels) is linked to his fascination for the spectacle: each of Master-Wicks's chapters is a meticulous recording of the manifestations of the grotesque ... culminating, in 'Les Misérables', with slang as the linguistic expression of the grotesque. Based on a solid foundation of contemporary theoretical works relating to both the theater and the novel, this well-written study contributes to Hugolian criticism, bringing to light an important unifying thread between his novels and his theatrical works". (Danielle Mihram, University of Southern California)
Taal:
Englisch
Französisch
Aantal pagina’s:
248

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Product Type:
Hardback book
Afmetingen pakket:
0.231 x 0.155 x 0.02 m; 0.476 kg
GTIN:
09780820420004
DUIN:
LNNMP5LPJ3L
€ 49,29
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