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The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel : From 1800 to the Present - Timothy Unwin

The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel

From 1800 to the Present

By: Timothy Unwin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521499149
Number Of Pages: 308

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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.

Note on literary prizes
Note on presentation
On the novel and the writing of literary history
Novels of testimony and the invention of the modern French novel
Reality and its representation in the nineteenth-century novel
Women and fiction in the nineteenth century
Popular fiction in the nineteenth century
Decadence and the fin-de siecle novel
The Proustian revolution
Formal experiment and innovation
Existentialism, engagement, ideology
War and the Holocaust
From serious to popular fiction
The colonial and postcolonial Francophone novel
The French Canadian novel
Gender and sexual identity in the modern French novel
Postmodern French fiction: practice and theory
General bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521499149
ISBN-10: 0521499143
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 5th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.48