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The fevered novel from Balzac to Bernanos : frenetic Catholicism in crisis, delirium and revolution

Author: Francesco Manzini
Publisher: London : Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2011.
Series: IGRS books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines a corpus of frenetic novels {u2013} by Balzac, Barbey d{u2019}Aurevilly, Zola, Huysmans, Bloy and Bernanos {u2013} that foreground the motif of fever within a recurring masterplot: a pious young woman, just discovering her sexuality, finds herself torn between two father-figures, a doctor (typically a bloodrelative, often the biological father) and a priest (the spiritual father). She contracts a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Honoré de Balzac; Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly; Georges Bernanos; Léon Bloy; J -K Huysmans; Émile Zola
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francesco Manzini
ISBN: 9780854572267 0854572260
OCLC Number: 767532373
Description: 264 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
1 Introduction: frenetic romanticism --
2 Balzac's Le Livre mystique and Ursule Mirouët --
3 Barbey d'Aurevilly's Un prêtre marié --
4 Zola's La Faute de l'abbé Mouret --
5 Huysmans's En rade and Sainte Lydwine de Schiedam --
6 Bloy's Le Désespéré and La Femme pauvre --
7 Bernanos's Sous le soleil de Satan and Nouvelle Histoire de Mouchette --
8 Conclusion: frenetic surrealism --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: IGRS books.
Responsibility: Francesco Manzini.

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This book examines a corpus of frenetic novels {u2013} by Balzac, Barbey d{u2019}Aurevilly, Zola, Huysmans, Bloy and Bernanos {u2013} that foreground the motif of fever within a recurring masterplot: a pious young woman, just discovering her sexuality, finds herself torn between two father-figures, a doctor (typically a bloodrelative, often the biological father) and a priest (the spiritual father). She contracts a disease of uncertain origin, made manifest by a series of fevers that require interpretation in the light of contemporary religious, medical and literary discourses. Manzini traces the motifs of fever and frenzy back to Rousseau, the Gothic novel and Frenetic Romanticism, as well as forward to their recuperation within Surrealism, in order to produce an original history of Frenetic Catholicism in the age of realism.

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