A number of writers and thinkers of the Romantic period in France – Hugo, Quinet, Duguet, Barrault – envisaged America as the land of the future where a great religious transformation might take place.
Surveying the critical literature of the past twenty years, this article reviews scholarship devoted in whole or in part to Prosper Mérimée's romantic dramas: Le Théâtre de Clara Gazul (1825-1830), La Jaquerie, scènes féodales,
The meaning of the landscapes in Sylvie is examined in terms of a series of homologous contrasts: remembered landscapes, characterized by feminine presence and nature-culture continuity, contrast with the landscapes of "reality,
The appearance of Madame de Rênal's first name but once in Le Rouge et le Noir is Stendhal's device for penetrating the mind of its speaker, her husband, to reveal his inner feelings regarding her and their relationship.
Honoré de Balzac's novel Louis Lambert (1832) narrates the legend of the thinking man: a being who has so overdeveloped his intellect that he can only survive in the rarefied atmosphere of abstraction.