Zola's La Conquête de Plassans (1874) is truly a political novel, not only for the numerous scenes depicting provincial politics during the Second Empire, but, at a more abstract and fundamental level, by virtue of its central t
Stendhal presents as the dominant theme of his first novel, the Octave-Armance love affair. He enhances the increasing dramatic tension of the relationship between the two cousins by employing the obstacle technique.
For Théophile Gautier, the conte fantastique is a narrative that is conscious of itself as a work of art. The technique used by Gautier to develop this concept is to frame his stories narratively in dreams.
The function of the Faustian myth in Balzac's La Recherche de l'absolu is to give form and expression to paradoxical truths about human genius; it provides a model for understanding the apparent contradictions in the dynamics of
When Mme de Staël published Corinne ou l'Italie in 1807, most people read the novel as an idealized representation of its author's life. However, today's reader will find in it the image of the ideal female artist.