Nineteenth-Century French Novel. A Reader's Path to Classic Fiction

Author: du Plessis, Eric H.
Year:2013
Pages:200
ISBN:0-7734-4498-X
978-7734-4498-0
Price:159.95
Provides in-depth evaluations of forty-five French novels chosen as the most representative of nineteenth-century classic fiction. Selected titles are given succinct plot overviews followed by a thorough textural analysis. The evaluations provide a social, historical and literary context in order to capture both the readers’ interest and their curiosity in order to entice them to discover these classic novels in their entirety.

Reviews

“Dr. du Plessis’ work is set apart from other similar efforts with deft skill and an unmistakable scholarly component. He brings each critique alive with biographical and historical detail. What he offers is the type of overview that is long needed, for nothing quite like it exists in English.”
-Prof. Marie Wellington
University of Mary Washington

“This handy compendium is enjoyable to read and paints a rich background for the novels’ contemporary literary, social, and scientific contexts.
-Prof. Philip Sweet
Radford University


"... is very well written, thought-provoking, and interesting. Furthermore, it seems that the author's intention has been mostly didactic: the book, indeed helps English-speaking students, especially at the graduate level, for it provides a quick and good survey of nineteenth-century french fiction." -Prof. John H. Mazaheri, Auburn University

"... provides accurate and concise knowledge of the novels selected, leaving the reader free to explore these works further in his or her research, study, or leisure time." -Prof. Kathryn A. Haklin, John Hopkins University

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
René
, François-René de Chateaubriand (1802)
Delphine, Madame de Staël (1803)
Obermann, Etienne Pivert de Senancour (1804)
Adolphe, Benjamin Constant (1816)
Cinq-Mars, Alfred de Vigny (1826)
Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo (1830)
Le Rouge et Le Noir, Stendhal (1831)
Le Pére Goriot,Balzac (1835)
Volupté, Charles Sainte-Beuve (1834)
Mademoiselle de Maupin, Théophile Gautier (1835)
La Confession d’un Enfant du Siècle,
Alfred de Musset (1936)
Le Chartreuse de Parme, Stendhal (1839)
Colomba, Prosper Mérimée (1841)
Les Trois Mousquetaires, Alexandre Dumas (1844)
La Mare au Diable, George Sand (1846)
Raphaël, Alphonse de Lamartine (1849)
Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, Henri Muger (1851)
Les Souffrances du Professeur Delteil,
Champfleury (1852)
Sylvie,Gérard de Nerval (1855)
Le Roman d’un Jeune Homme Pauvre,
Octave Feuillet (1857)
Madame Bovary,Gustave Flaubert (1857)
Le Malheur d’Henriette Gérard, Duranty (1860)
Dominique, Eugène Fromentin (1862)
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo (1862)
Le Chevalier des Touches, Barbey d’Aurevilly (1864)
Germinie Lacerteux, E.& J.de Goncourt (1865)
Thérèse Raquin,Emile Zola (1867)
Le Petit Chose, Alphonse Daudet (1868)
L’Education Sentimentale, Gustave Flaubert (1869)
Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers, Jules Verne (1869)
Les Pléiades, Joseph de Gobineau (1874)
L’Enfant, Jules Vallès (1879)
A Rebours, J.K. Huysmans (1884)
Germinal, Emile Zola (1885)
Pêcheur d’Islande, Pierre Loti (1886)
L’Eve Future, Villiers de L’Isle-Adam (1886)
Pierre et Jean, Guy de Maupassant (1888)
Le Disciple, Paul Bourget (1889)
Sixtine, Rémy de Gourmont (1890)
L’Ecornifleur, Jules Renard (1892)
L’Empreinte, Edouard Estaunié
Aphrodite, Pierre Lou?s (1896)
La Terre qui Meurt, René Bazin (1899)
Le Jardin des Supplices, Octave Mirbeau (1899)
Bibliography
Reference Works