This study emphasizes the importance of the Société des Gens des Lettres's Acte Notarié d'Association, a document that has received no critical attention so far, even though it reveals the names of the SDGL's founding members.
Charles Nodier, perhaps more than any other nineteenth-century writer, was haunted by the Terror. Thérèse Aubert, a short story published in 1814, at first seems an incisive critique of the excesses of 1793 and a turn away from the political.
Read typically as an ironic juxtaposition of church and brothel that paints a satiric portrait of prostitution, Maupassant's "La Maison Tellier" (1881) reveals a program to control sexuality by incorporating it into the norms of urban middle-class
Barbey d'Aurevilly's fiction while proclaiming a reactionary, aristocratic conservatism implies, through the texts' various "silences," the economic and historical triumph of the capitalist bourgeoisie.