Textual Analysis

Cars, Trains, Planes and Proust

The occasions conventionally referred to as expériences proustiennes are only the ultimate solutions to the problems posed by time.

Alcorn, Clayton

Loti and Indochina: A Myth in the Making

Loti's account in Le Figaro of a French military operation near Hué in 1883 has been consistently misinterpreted, both during the public controversy that originally surrounded it, and by biographers and critics ever since.

Hargreaves, Alec G

Deux frères en quête de peuple: les Goncourt

The Goncourts jumped suddenly into the roman populaire stating the necessity to grant le peuple access to the novel.

Thaler, Danielle

Mythe des origines et société dans Une Ténébreuse affaire de Balzac

This article examines first the system of relations that exists between the different characters of Balzac's novel Une Ténébreuse affaire (1841). The system is based on the model of the triangle, repeated three times.

Taylor, Françoise M

Symbolic Green and Satanic Presence in Flaubert's Madame Bovary

In the tradition of pan-European chromatic symbolism Flaubert introduces green in Madame Bovary to express Satanic temptation.

Duncan, Phillip A

The Structures of Textual Production in Maupassant's Miss Harriet

The linguistic, semantic and symbolic materials in Maupassant's apparently simple story of Miss Harriet are part of an integrated and complex structure that brings the reader face to face with the larger Why?

Fleming, John A

From Decadence to Nationalism in the Early Writings of Barrès

Maurice Barrès's integral nationalism was predicated upon a rejection of those values he associated with the Third Republic. The bourgeois faith in progress, positivism, and democracy was symptomatic of moral and social decay.

Fishbane, Jonathan D

Lamartine's La Chute d'un ange: Heaven and Hell on Earth

Lamartines's La Chute d'un ange (1838) relates the fate of an angelic man in two primitive desacralized societies.

Iknayan, Marguerite M

Of Pride and the Fall: The Allegorical À rebours

Joris-Karl Huysmans's À rebours may appear to be a flimsy descriptive tale about an isolated æsthete, designed simply to highlight the author's own bizarre æsthetic tastes or to provide a naturalistic portrait of the aesthete ty

Loomis, Jeffrey B

Hunting the Peacock: The Pursuit of Non-reflective Experience in Mirbeau's Le Jardin des supplices

The "fin-de-siècle" theme of the division of the self between actor and spectator is best expressed in Mirbeau's Le Jardin des supplices (1899) through the image of the peacock, which is both a bird and a sign of beauty.

Ziegler, Robert E.


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