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Subversions of Verisimilitude: Reading Narrative from Balzac to Sartre

Lawrence R. Schehr


This book focuses on the ways in which a number of French literary narratives written in the realist tradition show a dynamic balance between the desire of the author/narrator to present a verisimilar world and the need for aesthetic balance. While the works studied — narratives by Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Colette, Proust, and Sartre — range over the course of a century, from 1835 to 1938, they share a perspective on the relations between and the need to engage questions of realist verisimilitude and narrative interest and aesthetics. The book discusses some of the subversive paths taken in rea ... More

Keywords: French, verisimilitude, aesthetics, narratives, realism, verisimilar world, aesthetic balance, subversive, Balzac

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231355
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence R. Schehr, author
University of Illinois