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- DescriptionThough famed for his vivid depictions of nineteenth-century Paris, Hore de Balzac devoted as much of his creative energy to the provinces. This book examines the way in which he combined a theatrical tradition of anti-provincial satire with a more open celebration of French provincial life in the post-Revolutionary period. Ranging widely over texts from both within and outside La Comedie humaine, the author analyses Balzac s determination to invest the Rousseauist stalgia for country over city with an updated rationale. A champion of central authority and absolutist government, Balzac is seen here in an unfamiliar role as the guardian of regional culture, a velist who sought to record the diversity of France s small towns and villages before they were lost to industrialization and the railway age. Equally, the study reveals new aspects of his political engagement with questions impacting upon the provinces during the Restoration and July Monarchy, from broad issues such as agriculture and landownership, to more isolated grievances such as the implications of the 1827 Forest Code. The whole offers a fresh insight into Balzac s thought and literary aesthetic, and an assessment of his hitherto-neglected role in supporting the emergence of the regionalist vel, or roman du terroir, in the second half of the nineteenth century.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Andrew Watts studied Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at the University of Bristol, graduating in 1999. He returned to Bristol the following year to begin work on his doctoral thesis. Since completing his postgraduate studies in 2004, he has taught French language and literature at Newcastle University and, since 2007, at the University of Birmingham.
- Author(s)Andrew Watts
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/11/2007
- SubjectEncyclopedias & General Reference
- Series TitleFrench Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
- Series Part/Volume Number28
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight490 g
- Width220 mm
- Height150 mm
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