Reconstructing Woman : From Fiction to Reality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Kelly, Dorothy

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Reconstructing Woman explores a scenario common to the works of four major French novelists of the nineteenth century: Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and Villiers. In the texts of each author, a new Pygmalion (as Balzac calls one of his characters) turns away from a real woman he has loved or desired and prefers instead his artificial re-creation of her. All four authors also portray the possibility that this simulacrum, which replaces the woman, could become real. The central chapters examine this plot and its meanings in multiple texts of each author (with the exception of the chapter on Villiers, in which only LEve future is considered). The premise is that this shared scenario stems from the discovery in the nineteenth century that humans are transformable. Because scientific innovations play a major part in this discovery, Dorothy Kelly reviews some of the contributing trends that attracted one or more of the authors.

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Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780271032665
SKU 204875617
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0271032669
Release Date 11/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0178
Publisher Penn State University Press
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