Blank Space and Affect: Reading Mallarmé through Balzac and Blanchot

I approach Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard through Balzac’s Le Chef- d’œuvre inconnu and Blanchot’s Le Livre à venir to propose that Mallarmé’s blank space, or “le blanc,” opens the space of

Claire Chi-ah Lyu

Copies and Perceptions: Human Expression in Duchenne and Zola

This article places Doctor Duchenne de Boulogne’s 1862 study, Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, in dialogue with Emile Zola’s 1872 novel, La Curée, arguing that both texts experimented with copied human expr

Margot Szarke

Poetry on Stage: Baudelaire’s Theater Voices

Taking Barthes’s concept of a Baudelairean “pre-theater” as its starting point, this article sets out to interrogate where Baudelaire’s theater voices may be located, both in theory and in practice.

Helen Abbott

Les Limites de l’engagement politique et social des premiers réalistes (1849–1857)

The first realist artists, such as Courbet, Champfleury, Duranty or Buchon (also called “realists of sincerity”), theorized the concept of realism as an aesthetic, social and politic revolution, and they considered realism as th

Gilles Castagnès

Poetic Jolts, Autobiographical Infatuations: The Origins of Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens

This essay traces the genesis of Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens (1856–63) to a climactic moment of self-discovery he experienced while reading Virgil as a youth.

Dane Stalcup

Terre(ur): Reading the Landscape of Conspiracy in Balzac’s Une ténébreuse affaire

This article draws on Carlo Ginzburg’s conjectural paradigm to propose a re- evaluation of the dialectic between models of “surface” and “depth” reading in Balzac’s Une ténébreuse affaire (1841).

Rebecca Sugden

L’Observation, la mémoire et le prix de l’expérience dans La Comédie humaine

This essay focuses on the links between observation and memory in Balzac’s novels. What is at stake in these connections is the role of experience and its cost.

Lucien Derainne

Chateaubriand ou la polysémie des archives

This article studies Chateaubriand’s views of the very nature of archives at the time of the publication of his Études historiques (1831).

Jacob Lachat

Postscript. Reader, Response, Theory: The Nineteenth-Century Fantastic as a Counter-Enlightenment Mode

Building on an article published in this journal in 2015, we attempt to answer questions about object-oriented ontology (OOO) and the Fantastic.

Corry Cropper and Graham Harman


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