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The Resource The writing of melancholy : modes of opposition in early French modernism, Ross Chambers ; translated by Mary Seidman Trouille

The writing of melancholy : modes of opposition in early French modernism, Ross Chambers ; translated by Mary Seidman Trouille

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The writing of melancholy : modes of opposition in early French modernism
Title
The writing of melancholy
Title remainder
modes of opposition in early French modernism
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Ross Chambers ; translated by Mary Seidman Trouille
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
  • Ross Chambers, an eminent critic of French literature, proposes an original theory of the development of French modernism. His bold rereading of mid-nineteenth-century texts, from Madame Bovary to Les Fleurs du mal, leads to a reconception of the workings of narrative - in themselves and in relation to history. Chambers makes a distinction between a text's formal mode of address (narrative function) and the reflexive devices by which it invites interpretation (textual function). The works he considers reveal a discontinuity or disjunction between these two functions and as a result seem uncentered, their manner of conveying meaning oddly blurred. In this they recall the general malaise that swept through French society in the wake of the failed revolution of 1848. Chambers shows how the internal opposition of narrative and textual function, often read as a willful resistance to this historical ennui, is actually its symptom
  • Pursuing this argument through works by Flaubert, Nerval, Baudelaire, Gautier, and Hugo, Chambers uses theoretical insights to illuminate textual details, which in turn clarify and advance his theory. The process yields a subtle and compelling meditation on the powers of writing and reading, which contributes significantly to the debate about the historical status of literary texts. At the heart of the book is the concept of oppositionality; in this respect The Writing of Melancholy is both a necessary complement to Chambers's previous work in Room for Maneuver and a discreet homage by a member of the post-1968 generation to those who were thirty-something in 1848. Originally published in French, the book has been revised and expanded to include an entirely new chapter on Gerard de Nerval's "Sylvie."
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Chambers, Ross
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non fiction
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  • French literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Melancholy in literature
  • Polarity in literature
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The writing of melancholy : modes of opposition in early French modernism, Ross Chambers ; translated by Mary Seidman Trouille
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Publication
Note
Translation of: Mélancolie et opposition
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-230) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
26307156
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780226100708
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(alk. paper)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1512673
Label
The writing of melancholy : modes of opposition in early French modernism, Ross Chambers ; translated by Mary Seidman Trouille
Publication
Note
Translation of: Mélancolie et opposition
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-230) 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
Control code
26307156
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780226100708
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1512673

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