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The Order of Mimesis : Balzac, Stendhal, Nerval and Flaubert - Christopher Prendergast

The Order of Mimesis

Balzac, Stendhal, Nerval and Flaubert

Paperback Published: 16th January 1989
ISBN: 9780521369770
Number Of Pages: 300

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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.

General editors preface
The order of mimesis: poison, nausea, health
The economy of mimesis
Balzac: narrative contracts
Stendhal: the ethics of verisimilitude
Nerval: the madness of mimesis
Flaubert: the stupidity of mimesis
Conclusion: mimesis, a matter for the police?
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521369770
ISBN-10: 0521369770
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 16th January 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38