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Optiques : the science of the eye and the birth of modern French fiction

Author: Andrea Goulet
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2006.
Series: Critical Authors and Issues Ser.
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Andrea Goulet takes the study of the novel into the realm of the visual by situating it in the context of nineteenth-century scientific and philosophical discourse about the nature of sight. She argues that French realism, detective fiction, science fiction, and literature of the fantastic from 1830 to 1910 reflected competition between two modern visual modes: a not-yet-outdated idealism and an empiricism that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Goulet, Andrea.
Optiques.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005046708
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Goulet
ISBN: 9780812202052 0812202058
OCLC Number: 859160850
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 272 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction. The Epistemology of Optics: Seeing Subjects, Modern Minds --
Chapter 1. Second Sight and the Authorial chambre noire: Les Chouans, Louis Lambert --
Chapter 2. "Tom her dans le phenomene ": Mterimages in La Maison Nucingen and Le Bal de Sceaux --
Chapter 3. Alternative Optics: Seraphita, La Recherche de l'absolu, and La Peau de chagrin --
Chapter 4. "Effets de lumiere," or a "Second" Second Sight: La Fille aux yeux d'or --
Chapter 5. Cuvier, Helmholtz, and the Visual Logics of Deduction: Poe, Doyle, Gaboriau --
Chapter 6. Learning to See: Monsieur Lecoq and Empiricist Theories of Vision --
Chapter 7. Sealed Chambers and Open Eyes: Leroux's Mystere de la chambre jaune --
Chapter 8. Death and the Retina: Claire Lenoir, L 'Accusateur, and Les Freres Kip --
Chapter 9. Optogram Fiction: Communication, Doubt, and the Fantastic --
Chapter 10. Tropical Piercings: Nationalism, Atavism, and the Eye of the Corpse --
Chapter 11. The Fin-de-Siecle Logic of the Mterimage: Hysteria, Hallucination, and Villiers's L'Eve future --
Epilogue. The Afterimage of Reference: Optics and the nouveau roman --
Notes --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Series Title: Critical Authors and Issues Ser.
Responsibility: Andrea Goulet.
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