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The Order of Mimesis
Balzac, Stendhal, Nerval and Flaubert

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Part of Cambridge Studies in French

  • Date Published: November 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521369770

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  • This book is a challenging investigation of the idea of literary mimesis in the light of contemporary literary theory. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives developed in and around the work of Barthes, Kristeva, Genette and Derrida, Dr Prendergast explores approaches to the concept of mimesis and relates these to a number of narrative texts produced in the period which literary history familiarly designates as the age of realism: Balzac's Illusions Perdues and Splendeurs et Misères des Courtisanes, Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir, Nerval's Sylvie and Flaubert's L'Education Sentimentale. The book is not merely expository however: one of the author's aims is to engage with much of the polemical debate which has surrounded the topic, in the belief that a recognition of the historical conditions determining both the theory and practice of mimesis must be recovered.

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    • Date Published: November 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521369770
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 142 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editors preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. The order of mimesis: poison, nausea, health
    2. The economy of mimesis
    3. Balzac: narrative contracts
    4. Stendhal: the ethics of verisimilitude
    5. Nerval: the madness of mimesis
    6. Flaubert: the stupidity of mimesis
    7. Conclusion: mimesis, a matter for the police?
    Notes
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    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Christopher Prendergast

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