L’Impersonnalité de Mallarmé: Notes sur la valeur de l’œuvre moderne

This article contends that Mallarmé’s use of the word “impersonnalité” at several key moments in his literary career (1866–1898) is linked to his sophisticated understanding of how works of art build up their own aesthetic value

Annick Ettlin

Unpacking Texts: Émile Zola’s Pages d’exil as Suitcase Narrative

This article focuses on Pages d’exil (1898), Émile Zola’s journal recounting his escape from France after being sentenced to prison following the Dreyfus Affair and his eleven-month exile in Britain.

Heidi Brevik-Zender

Utopia Banished: Reading Zola Through Heidegger

Beginning with a close reading of the only appearance in La Bête humaine of the term progrès enables a reading of the novel that integrates its two settings—the railways and the legal system—into a single persp

Roderick Cooke

Barbey d’Aurevilly et le redoublement de la perte

While he laments the loss of traditional authority, Barbey’s early essays on dandyism and counter-revolutionary thought acknowledge the impossibility of political and religious restoration.

Philip Knee

Fonctions de la lutte des classes dans Les Misérables

Victor Hugo’s socialism is characterized, from the 1830s onwards, by a holistic vision of the people.

Maxime Goergen

“Oh! Non, je ne pourrai jamais te le dire … j’aime un homme!”: Hermaphrodite et l’esthétisation de l’homosexualité dans Mademoiselle de Maupin

This article examines Gautier’s novel Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) as an example of nineteenth-century French society’s interest and reluctance regarding male homosexuality, and the subsequent strategy of allusion that

Géraldine Crahay

Claustrophilia and Exalted Imagination: Fictional Responses to a Pascalian Problem in the Works of Xavier de Maistre and Jan Potocki

This article explores the topics of confinement and claustrophilia in Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage autour de ma chambre (1795) and Expédition nocturne autour de ma chambre (1825), and in Jan Potocki’s Manuscr

Marius Warholm Haugen

The Last Manifestation of Vautrin

This article considers Balzac’s Le Père Goriot (1835) in comparison with As minas de prata (Silver Mines, 1865–66) by José de Alencar, Brazil’s most important Romantic novelist.

Marcos Flamínio Peres

The Sewer and the Prostitute in Les Misérables: From Regulation to Redemption

This article offers a deeper understanding of Hugo’s social philosophy as expressed in Les Misérables through a reading of the novel’s treatment of prostitution and Parisian sewers in the context of contemporary thought

Briana Lewis

Le “Privilège de la parodie”: la censure politique dans quatre vaudevilles de Bayard, Kock, Labiche et Royer

This article explores the link between parody and politics in four vaudeville plays from the period between July 1850 and Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte’s coup d’État of 1851: Le Jour et la Nuit by Alphonse Royer and Gustave

Janice Best


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