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The Resource The visual novel : Emile Zola and the art of his times, William J. Berg

The visual novel : Emile Zola and the art of his times, William J. Berg

Label
The visual novel : Emile Zola and the art of his times
Title
The visual novel
Title remainder
Emile Zola and the art of his times
Statement of responsibility
William J. Berg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Visual Novel is the first comprehensive study of Zola based on the role of visual perception in his theories and works. The late nineteenth-century novel can be considered, in certain respects, as a visual art form. The Visual Novel attempts to develop and implement a visual methodology for approaching the novel, while undertaking a comprehensive study of Emile Zola's twenty-novel series, Les Rougon-Macquart, and suggesting relationships between Zola's work and that of his contemporaries in painting, experimental psychology, and criticism. The author also analyzes three paintings from the impressionist period in detail and relates them to the handling of thematic content, viewpoint, and description in Zola's novels. William Berg traces the impact of vision in many of the major areas of novelistic endeavor: Zola's theories stress the key role of vision in the the experimental method. Optical instruments and effects, underscoring important motif of "looking" (le regard), occupy a major place in the thematic content of Zola's novels. Viewpoint, central to Zola's program of narrational objectivity, is characterized by a multiplicity of perspectives, often crossing the conventional boundaries between the spaces of narrator, character, and reader. Descriptive passages reveal a progressive, perceptual style, where the hazy impression yields to the solid, material perception of reality, embodying the crucial notion of determinism. Finally, Zola's figures, stimulated by external effects of light and color and shaped by the internal forces of fear and desire, lead us to locate the role of hallucination and visual imagination in the perceptual and creative processes. Berg then suggests parallels between Zola and other novelists of his time in each of the above areas, further demonstrating the visual nature of the cultural climate of late nineteenth-century France
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berg, William J
Dewey number
843/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ2543
LC item number
.B47 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zola, Émile
  • Zola, Émile
  • Art and literature
  • Description (Rhetoric)
  • Visual perception in literature
  • Description (Rhetoric)
Label
The visual novel : Emile Zola and the art of his times, William J. Berg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-302) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Visual Process -- 1. A Poetics of Vision: Zola's Theory and Criticism -- 2. Visual Interaction: Vision and Thematics -- 3. Viewpoint and Point of View -- 4. Vision and Description: Beyond the Impression -- 5. The Visual Imagination: Figuration, Hallucination, and Creation -- Conclusion: Vision and the Novel
Control code
24175208
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780271008264
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91026749
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1479075
Label
The visual novel : Emile Zola and the art of his times, William J. Berg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-302) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Visual Process -- 1. A Poetics of Vision: Zola's Theory and Criticism -- 2. Visual Interaction: Vision and Thematics -- 3. Viewpoint and Point of View -- 4. Vision and Description: Beyond the Impression -- 5. The Visual Imagination: Figuration, Hallucination, and Creation -- Conclusion: Vision and the Novel
Control code
24175208
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780271008264
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91026749
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1479075

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