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THE SPECTACULAR PAST THE SPECTACULAR PAST Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France MAURICE SAMUELS CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS ITHACA AND LONDON Copyright © 2004 by Cornell University All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in a review, this book, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. For information , address Cornell University Press, Sage House, 5I 2 East State Street, Ithaca, New York I48 50. Parts of Chapters One and Five appeared in an earlier version as "Realizing the Past: History and Spectacle in Balzac's Adieu," in Representations, no. 79· © 2002 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted from Representations by permission of the University of California Press. Part of Chapter Two appeared in an earlier version as "Illustrated Historiography and the Image of the Past in Nineteenth-Century France," in French Historical Studies, vol. 26, no. 2. Reprinted from French Historical Studies by permission of Duke University Press. First published 2004 by Cornell University Press First printing, Cornell Paperbacks, 2004 Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Samuels, Maurice. The speactaclar past : popular history and the novel in nineteenth-century France I Maurice Samuels. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN o-8014-4249-4 (colth : alk. paper)- ISBN o-8014-8965-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) I. French fiction-19th century-History and criticism. 2. History in literautre. I. Title. PQ653.S23 2004 843'.709358-dc22 20040Io283 Cornell University Press strives to use environmentally responsible suppliers and materials to the fullest extent possible in the publishing of its books. Such materials include vegetablebased , low-VOC inks and acid-free papers that are recycled, totally chlorine-free, or partly composed of nonwood fibers. For further information, visit our website at www.cornellpress Cloth printing IO 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 I Paperback printing IO 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 I ...


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