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"The Evolution of the French Novel, 1641-1782" by Elaine Showalter

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"The Evolution of the French Novel, 1641-1782" by Elaine Showalter

"The Evolution of the French Novel, 1641-1782" by Elaine Showalter
Prin.Uni. Press | 1972 | ISBN: 0691062293 9780691062297 | 380 pages | PDF | 17 MB

In France between 1641 and 1782 the romance developed into the novel. Author's intensive study of the novel, particularly during the critical period 1700-1720, shows that an important movement toward nineteenth century realism was taking place. To trace this development five phenomena was selected - time, space, names, money, and the narrator - and follows their treatment throughout the period to show why romance tended toward the novel.
To show the working-out of these ideas there is a detailed analysis of one novel, Robert Challe's Les Illustres Francoises, which can be precisely located in the chain of literary influence. Its central theme of the individual in conflict with society was well suited to the forms available to the eighteenth century novelist. Consequently it appears repeatedly in important novels of the period, showing that the evolutionary process worked to some degree even on subject matter.

Contents
Preface
Introduction
I. Romans, Romances, Nouvelles, and Novels
II. Purposes of the Novel
The Dilemma of the Novel: Moral Purposes
Real i sm: Atti tudes Toward Real i ty
III. Techniques of Realism in Early Fiction
Introduction: Critical Methods
Comic Fiction
Serious Fiction
Conclusion
IV. Robert Challe's Les lllustres Franoises
Narrative Techniques
Devices of Realism: Money, Geography, Chronology, Names
Themes
V. The Individual Against Society in the Eighteenth- Century French Novel
Challe and Lesage: Adaptation
Marivaux, Crebillon Fils, Dudos: Disenchantment
Prevost, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot: Criticism
Diderot's Tales, Lados: Revolt
VI. The Emergence of the Novel
Index
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