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Subversions of VerisimilitudeReading Narrative from Balzac to Sartre$
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Lawrence R. Schehr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231355

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231355.001.0001

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Subversions of Verisimilitude

Lawrence R. Schehr

Fordham University Press

Realism and French researches lead to enormously diverse results that most of which engage works from 1830 toward the twenty-first century. The path and practice of realism, as known is still being practiced by many today, even in its older Balzacian form: many best sellers rely on the omniscient narrator to tell their stories. While it is arguable that the moves through this set of realist practices are seamless, it is not necessarily the case in any individual work. The argument here is that realist writers detour their works in significant ways for literary reasons and those detours move the works away from realist representation toward a mise-en-abyme of the literary or toward the literary for the sake of the literary. This book is a discussion of some of the perverse paths taken in realism and traditions.

Keywords:   realism, French, Balzacian, realist writers, literary, traditions

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