This book aims to closely examine the techniques used by the polemicists of the Dreyfus Affair, as found in the newspapers, journals and books of the period. The nature of polemic and of the French press of the period are investigated to show how authors' choice of stylistic techniques, and of words and images, reveal their innermost aims. The book also examine how words and concepts subtly change their meaning and notions such as truth and justice become completely devalued.
Part 1: the affair and it's protagonists. Part 2 Methods: plots, true or false; some uses of imagery; allusion and irony; words and formulae. Part 3 The fate of a phrase: truth and justice. Part 4 Zola's changing aims: Zola - the initial avoidance of polemic - the recourse to polemic. Part 5 Personal invective: some aspects of personal abuse; Peguy - the theory and practice of personal invective; Peguy's polemical techniques - the attacks on Jaurez. Appendices: Leon Bloy and the cliches of the Affair - writers and artists of the Affair.
Series: Berg French Studies Series
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.4