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Balzac, Literary Sociologist by Allan H. Pasco

By Allan H. Pasco

Melding the fields of literature, sociology, and historical past, this booklet develops analyses of the 10 novels in Balzac's Scènes de los angeles vie de province. Following the order of the novels projected in La Comédie humaine, Allan H. Pasco investigates how Balzac used artwork as a device of social inquiry to procure startlingly exact insights into the relationships that outlined his turbulent society. His repeated declare to be an "historian of manners" used to be greater than an empty boast. although Balzac used to be before everything a superb novelist, he was once additionally a trailblazing sociologist, becoming a member of Henri de Saint-Simon and the next Auguste Comte in contemplating the relationships that symbolize society as an interacting, interlocking net. utilizing a strategy that mixes shut research with a huge cultural context, Pasco demonstrates that Balzac's sociological imaginative and prescient was once terribly pertinent to either his and our days.

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12. Good summaries of the attempts to find the causes of the Revolution occur in Chartier’s Cultural Origins, mentioned above, or in William Doyle, Origins of the French Revolution (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988). 13. Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Régime and the French Revolution, tran. Stuart Gilbert (Garden City, NY: Doubleday-Anchor, 1955) 19. 14. Antoine-François-Philippe du Bois des Cours, marquis de La Maisonfort [1763–1827], Mémoires d’un agent royaliste sous la Révolution, l’Empire et la Restauration (Paris: Mercure de France, 1998) 39.

See, also, Bernard Guyon, “Balzac ‘Invente’ les Scènes de la vie de province,” Mercure de France 333 (1958): 465–93; Michel Butor, “Les Parisiens en province,” Répertoire III (Paris: Eds. de Minuit, 1968) 169–83; and Sharif Gemie, “Balzac and the Moral Crisis of the July Monarchy,” European History Quarterly 19 (1989): 469–94. 45. Lucien Dällenbach makes a significant exception in that he submitted Balzac’s claimed unity to intense consideration. In the end, his 32 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. H. PASCO attempt to recuperate La Comédie humaine into the conceptual realm of post-structuralist criticism suggests that intelligent readers must glory in its fragmentary nature: “Du fragment au cosmos: (La Comédie humaine et l’opération de lecture I),” Poétique 40 (1979): 420–31; “Le Tout en morceaux (La Comédie humaine et l’opération de lecture II),” Poétique 42 (1980): 156–69.

21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29 autobiography, it unquestionably reflects the period. , Jean-Pierre Béranger, Les Amans Républicains, ou Lettres de Nicias et Cynire, 2 t.  Le Bastier, Dorbeuil et Céliane de Valran, leurs amours et leurs malheurs pendant la tyrannie de Robespierre, 2 vols. 77–78, 139. Antoine-Jean Bourlin, Les Amours et aventures d’un émigré, vol. 11. Forest, The French Revolution (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995) 93. Sainte-Beuve, “Frochot, Préfet de la Seine,” Nouveaux Lundis, t. 11 (Paris: Lévi frères, 1869) 30.

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