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The Eighteenth-Century French Novel : Techniques of Illusion - Vivienne G. Mylne

The Eighteenth-Century French Novel

Techniques of Illusion

Paperback Published: 11th January 1982
ISBN: 9780521282666
Number Of Pages: 304

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This book deals with the ways in which the French novel of the eighteenth century marks a transition from the long, implausible and often clumsy works of the seventeenth century to the masterpieces of Balzac, Stendhal and Laubert. For her study, Professor Mylne has chosen works by Lesage, Prevost, Marivaux, Crebillon fils, Rousseau, Diderot, Laclos, Restif de la Bretonne and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and through her consideration of these particular authors she traces the development of the novelists' technique in the representation of life. She discusses, firstly, the theories and aims which conditioned the genre, such as the allegation of a moral purpose and the pretence that the novel is a true story, an attitude which contributed to the widespread popularity of memoir-novels and the epistolary form. Secondly, on the level of technique and structure, the author studies methods of characterisation and plot-construction, effects of style and emotional tone, and descriptive devices such as the use of factual details to increase verisimilitude.

Preface
Notes to the second edition
Prolegomena, theory and background
Fiction, history and truth
Memoirs and pseudo-memoirs
Lesage and conventions
Pr©vost: the new 'realism'
Marivaux: characters in depth
Cr©billon: innovations in points of view
Letter-novels: history and technique
Cr©billon's letter-novels
Rousseau: a new seriousness
Diderot: theory and practice
Restif de la Bretonne and Laclos: the culmination of the letter-novel
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: transitional forms
Conclusion
Post-script: developments and perspectives
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521282666
ISBN-10: 0521282667
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 11th January 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2