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Focusing on Stendhal, Gérard de Nerval, George Sand, Émile Zola, and Marcel Proust, The Subject of Space: Mapping the Self in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction explores the ways that these writers represent and negotiate the relationship between the self and the world as a function of space in a novel turned map.

 

With the rise of the novel and of autobiography, the literary and cultural contexts of nineteenth-century France reconfigured both the ways literature could represent subjects and the ways subjects related to space. In the first-person works of these authors, maps situate the narrator within the imaginary space of the novel. Yet the time inherent in the text’s narrative unsettles the spatial self drawn by the maps and so creates a novel self, one which is both new and literary. The novel self transcends the rigid confines of a map. In this significant study, Patrick M. Bray charts a new direction in critical theory.

 

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. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction. Here and There: The Subject in Space and Text
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Part I. Stendhal’s Privilege
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. Chapter One. The Life and Death of Henry Brulard
  2. pp. 23-40
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  1. Chapter Two. The Ghost in the Map
  2. pp. 41-60
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  1. Part II. Nerval Beyond Narrative
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. Chapter Three. Orientations: Writing the Self in Nerval’s Voyage en Orient
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. Chapter Four. Unfolding Nerval
  2. pp. 85-106
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  1. Part III. Sand’s Utopian Subjects
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. Chapter Five. Drowning in the Text: Space and Indiana
  2. pp. 111-128
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  1. Chapter Six. Carte Blanche: Charting Utopia in Sand’s Nanon
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. Part IV. Branching Off: Genealogy and Map in the Rougon-Macquart
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Chapter Seven. Zola and the Contradictory Origins of the Novel
  2. pp. 151-168
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  1. Chapter Eight. Mapping Creative Destruction in Zola
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. Part V. Proust’s Double Text
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Chapter Nine. The Law of the Land
  2. pp. 193-212
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  1. Chapter Ten. Creating a Space for Time
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. Conclusion. Now and Then: Virtual Spaces and Real Subjects in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-254
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-271
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810166387
Related ISBN
9780810128668
MARC Record
OCLC
867739953
Pages
285
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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