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The Cambridge Companion to Zola

The Cambridge Companion to Zola


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Brian Nelson, Nicholas White, Sandy Petrey, Hannah Thompson, Robert Lethbridge, Chantal Pierre-Gnassounou, Susan Harrow, Valerie Minogue, David Baguley, Rae Beth Gordon, Julia Przybos, Owen Morgan
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521835947

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  • Emile Zola is a towering literary figure of the nineteenth century. His main literary achievement was his twenty-volume novel cycle, Les Rougon-Macquart (1870–93). In this series he combines a novelist's skills with those of the investigative journalist to examine the social, sexual and moral landscape of the late nineteenth century in a way that scandalized bourgeois society. In 1898 Zola crowned his literary career with a political act, his famous open letter ('J'accuse…!') to the President of the French Republic in defence of Alfred Dreyfus. The essays in this volume offer readings of individual novels as well as analyses of Zola's originality, his representation of society, sexuality and gender, his relations with the painters of his time, his narrative art, and his role in the Dreyfus Affair. The Companion also includes a chronology, detailed summaries of all of Zola's novels, suggestions for further reading, and information about specialist resources.

    • Includes a chronology, a family tree of Zola's characters and summaries of his novels
    • Covers Zola's works, life and context
    • Explains the background to the Dreyfus affair and Zola's political engagement
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    'Will doubtless become an indispensable tool for researchers and students. …remarkably coherent volume…By guiding us behind the scenes of his work with the aid of a range of critical approaches (genetic criticism, sociological criticism, feminist studies, amongst others) and of elegant but sound analysis, this book invites readers to immerse or reimmerse themselves in a prose which has lost nothing of its energy or vitality.' Australian Book Review

    '… a highly readable collection of essays. … The collection is both a solid introduction to Zola and his work for those new to the field and an enjoyable read for those who are already familiar with Zola scholarship.' The French Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521835947
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Zola's novels: a summary
    Family tree of the Rougon-Macquart
    1. Zola and the nineteenth century Brian Nelson
    2. Family histories and family plots Nicholas White
    3. Zola and the representation of society Sandy Petrey
    4. Questions of sexuality and gender Hannah Thompson
    5. Zola and contemporary painting Robert Lethbridge
    6. Zola and the art of fiction Chantal Pierre-Gnassounou
    7.Thérèse Raquin: animal passion and the brutality of reading Susan Harrow
    8. Nana: the world, the flesh and the devil Valerie Minogue
    9. Germinal: the gathering storm David Baguley
    10. La Bête humaine: the poetics of the unconscious Rae Beth Gordon
    11. Zola's utopias Julia Przybos
    12. 'J'accuse…!': Zola and the Dreyfus Affair Owen Morgan
    Further reading and specialist resources.

  • Editor

    Brian Nelson, Monash University, Victoria
    Brian Nelson is Professor of French Studies at Monash University, Melbourne.


    Brian Nelson, Nicholas White, Sandy Petrey, Hannah Thompson, Robert Lethbridge, Chantal Pierre-Gnassounou, Susan Harrow, Valerie Minogue, David Baguley, Rae Beth Gordon, Julia Przybos, Owen Morgan

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