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Aesthetics of fraudulence in nineteenth-century France : frauds, hoaxes, and counterfeits

Author: Scott Dominic Carpenter
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009.
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In his engagingly written and original book, Scott Carpenter analyzes multiple manifestations of the false in nineteenth-century France. Under Carpenter's thorough and systematic analysis, fraudulence emerges as a cultural preoccupation in nineteenth-century literature and society, whether it be in the form of literary mystifications, the thematic portrayal of frauds, or the privileging of falseness as an aesthetic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Dominic Carpenter
ISBN: 9780754668077 075466807X 9780754696315 0754696316
OCLC Number: 314378439
Description: xii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : caveat lector --
Violent hoaxes : Mérimée and the booby-trapped text --
Political prostheses and imperial imposters --
The ghosts of kings --
Balzac's skillful disguise --
Vidocq and the image of the counterfeit --
False genders : Sand's Gabriel --
Baudelaire and the originality of the copy --
National effigies and couterfeits : Baudelaire's Pauvre Belgique! --
Conclusions : futures of the false.
Responsibility: Scott Carpenter.

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