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Dualistic Patterns in La Peau de chagrin

La Peau de chagrin is structured initially around the fundamental antinomy of possession and contemplation, of action and thought – represented by the magic skin itself – and is apparently resolved in dialectical fashion.

Haig, Stirling

'Une dentelle s'abolit' de Mallarmé

"Une dentelle s'abolit" is representative of the later poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), the poetry in which he came closest to accomplishing his purposes as a poet.

Rehder, Robert M

Weaving Imagery in Fromentin's Dominique

Eugene Fromentin's Dominque is an anti-Romantic work that none the less has many Romantic aspects. It uses first-person narration, its subject is illicit passion, and an aura of fatality is at times present.

Grant, Richard B., and Nelly H. Severin.

Mérimée and the Supernatural: Diversion or Obsession

Prosper Mérimée was noted for his rationalism and skepticism; yet he sustained a lifelong interest in the supernatural and used the subject in over half of his fictional works.

Rosenthal, Alan S.

Some Classical Aspects of Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand's undisputed chef d'œuvre Cyrano de Bergerac, is usually and justifiably termed a neo-romantic play: a return to the dauntless, poetic, and somewhat bombastic vein of Hugo's Hernani and its contemporaries.

Williams, Patricia Elliott

Les Noces d'Hérodiade

The final version of Hérodiade, upon which Mallarmé was working at the time of his death in 1898, replaces the well-known Ouverture Ancienne with a "Prélude" that focuses upon the presence of the recently decapitated John the Ba

Schwartz, Paul J

Linguistic Science and Mystification in Prosper Mérimée’s “Lokis”

Throughout “Lokis,” Mérimée evokes relationships between languages and their irregularities, death and disappearance, translation, and evolution over time.

Fudeman, Kirsten A.

Balzac’s Disorienting Orientalism: “Une Passion dans le désert”

Balzac’s “Une Passion dans le désert” at first appears to represent the Egyptian desert and its inhabitants in images gleaned from received ideas of his time.

Kelly, Dorothy

Too Mad to Marry: Byron, Rousseau, Othello, and Stendhal’s Octave de Malivert

Octave de Malivert, the Romantically despondent and rebellious protagonist of Stendhal’s first novel, Armance (1827), has obvious affinities with the heroes of Byron’s Romantic verse tales but exhibits more numerous, more profound affinities with

Rosa, George M.

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