Le Struggle for life: Contesting Balzac through Darwin in Zola, Bourget, and Barrès

Social Darwinist themes feature in late nineteenth-century French ideological fiction from across the political spectrum.

Lyle, Louise.

The Anarchic Commune as World’s Fair in Émile Zola’s Travail

Though Émile Zola’s æsthetic shift from naturalism to utopianism began well before the writing of Travail in 1900, Moissan’s electric ovens displayed during the Parisian World’s Fair of the same year served as a technological so

Febles, Eduardo A.

Savoir c’est pouvoir: Integral Education in the Novels of André Léo

André Léo (1824–1900), best known as a participant in the Commune, also published over twenty socially conscious novels.

Beach, Cecilia.

The Sonnet as Snapshot: Seizing the Instant in Baudelaire’s ‘A une passante’

Through a textual analysis of Baudelaire’s sonnet, this essay explores the relationship between poetry and technology in the mid-nineteenth century.

Blood, Susan.

‘Le Charbon ardent’ in Balzac’s La Recherche de l’Absolu and ‘Des artistes’

Honoré de Balzac’s manipulation of the biblical term charbon ardent in his 1830 article entitled "Des artistes" and in his 1834 novel La Recherche de l’Absolu exposes his efforts to redefine the artist.

Uhden, Raina F.

The Bird’s-Eye View: Looking at the City in Paris and Algiers

In the forty years following 1830, hundreds of travelogues, city descriptions, and histories of Algeria appeared, forming a literary topography for the new colony.

Graebner, Seth.

Signs of Reading and the Subject of Love in Stendhal’s De l’amour

Stendhal’s De l’amour (1822) attempts to describe and classify the experience of romantic love.

Hunter, Angela N.

Invisible, illisible, endeuillée: Madame de Lamartine en voyage en Orient

L’unidimensionnalité de Marianne de Lamartine, établie dans les publications de son époux comme dans de multiples textes critiques, oblitère l’aspect subversif d’un personnage autrement plus complexe que ne l’énonce l’histoire o

Schreier, Lise.

Contesting National and Gender Boundaries: Flora Tristan’s Promenades dans Londres

This article shows how the French feminist and socialist Flora Tristan uses discourses on nationality and ideas of foreignness and exclusion to challenge contemporary gender ideologies in Promenades dans Londres (1840).

Pauk, Barbara.


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