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For Love or for Money
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Everyone agrees that Balzac is a realistic writer, but what do we actually mean when we say that? This book examines the richness and variety of Balzac’s approaches to realism, employing several different interpretive methods. Taking love and money as the “Prime Movers” of the world of La Comédie humaine, twenty-one chapters provide detailed analyses of the many strategies by which the writing forges the powerful impression of reality, the construction we famously think of as Balzacian realism. Each chapter sets the methods and aims of its analysis, with particular attention to the language that conveys the sense of reality. Plots, devices, or interpretive systems (including genealogies) function as images or reflections of how the novels make their meanings. The analyses converge on the central point: how did Balzac invent realism? No less than this fundamental question lies behind the interpretations this book provides, a question to which the conclusion provides a full answer. A major book in English devoted entirely to Balzac was overdue. Here is the American voice of Balzac studies, an engaging, insightful, and revealing excursion among the masterworks of one of the most important authors of all time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Prime Movers
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. I. Rhetorical Forms of Realism
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. 2. Mimetic Figures of Semiosis
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. 3. From Heteronomy to Unity: Les Chouans
  2. pp. 32-46
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  1. 4. Tenebrous Affairs and Necessary Explications
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. 5. Self-Narration and the Fakery of Imitation
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. 6. The Double Representation of the History of César Birotteau
  2. pp. 80-93
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  1. 7. La Maison Nucingen, A Financial Narrative
  2. pp. 94-106
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  1. II. Semiotic Images of Realism
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. 8. Myth and Mendacity: Pierrette and Beatrice Cenci
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. 9. The Corset of La vieille fille
  2. pp. 128-138
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  1. 10. Genealogy and the Unmarried in La Rabouilleuse
  2. pp. 139-151
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  1. 11. Ursule Mirouët: Genealogy and Inheritance
  2. pp. 152-166
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  1. 12. Un prince de la bohème and Pierre Grassou, or How Love Makes Money
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. 13. Voyages of Reflection, Reflections on Voyages
  2. pp. 175-191
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  1. III. Mimetic Structures of Realism
  2. pp. 193-207
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  1. 14. Balzac and Poe
  2. pp. 195-207
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  1. 15. Chemistry and Composition: La recherche de l’Absolu
  2. pp. 208-220
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  1. 16. The Capital of Money and the Science of Magnetism: Melmoth réconcilié
  2. pp. 221-229
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  1. 17. Love, Music, and Opium: Medical Semiotics of Massimilla Doni
  2. pp. 230-241
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  1. 18. The Language of Sex
  2. pp. 242-258
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  1. 19. Composed Past and Historical Present
  2. pp. 259-269
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  1. 20. Problems of Closure
  2. pp. 270-291
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  1. 21. Conclusion: Balzac’s Invention of Realism
  2. pp. 292-306
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 307-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-333
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