Abstract

This article examines how Balzacian plots of ambition and ascension are held up as both possibility and impossibility in Maurice Barrès’s 1897 novel Les Déracinés, where they are subject to repeated, often simultaneous citation and denegation. After showing how Barrès, through a series of pronouncements about Balzac in his early career, attempts to define himself by renouncing this powerful model, I propose that Balzac and his iconic characters, Rastignac first among them, have an effaced but lingering presence in Les Déracinés that might be best described as a haunting.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0172
Print ISSN
0146-7891
Pages
pp. 235-249
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-09
Open Access
No
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