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    The Cambridge Companion to Balzac
    • Online ISBN: 9781107588929
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107588929
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One of the founders of literary realism and the serial novel, Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was a prolific writer who produced more than a hundred novels, plays and short stories during his career. With its dramatic plots and memorable characters, Balzac's fiction has enthralled generations of readers. 'La Comédie humaine', the vast collection of works in which he strove to document every aspect of nineteenth-century French society, has influenced writers from Flaubert, Zola and Proust to Dostoevsky and Oscar Wilde. This Companion provides a critical reappraisal of Balzac, combining studies of his major novels with guidance on the key narrative and thematic features of his writing. Twelve chapters by world-leading specialists encompass a wide spectrum of topics such as the representation of history, philosophy and religion, the plight of the struggling artist, gender and sexuality, and Balzac's depiction of the creative process itself.

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O. Heathcote , ‘État présent: Honoré de Balzac’, French Studies 64.4 (October 2010), 463–470.

N. Aubert , ‘En attendant les barbares: La Cousine Bette, le moment populaire et féminin de La Comédie humaine ’, Women in French Studies, 8 (2000), 129–37.

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T. Farrant , Balzac's Shorter Fictions: Genesis and Genre (Oxford University Press, 2002).

O. Heathcote , ‘Balzac and Theory, Balzac as Theory’, Paragraph, 32.2 (2009), 197–213.

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F. Jameson , ‘ La Cousine Bette and Allegorical Realism’, PMLA, 86.2 (1971), 241–254.

M. Lucey , The Misfit of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2003).

J. McCormick , Popular Theatres of Nineteenth-Century France (London and New York: Routledge, 1993).

A. Pasco , Balzacian Montage: Configuring ‘La Comédie humaine’ (University of Toronto Press, 1991).

E. Szypula , ‘An Aesthetics of Indirection in Novels and Letters: Balzac's Communication with Évelina Hanska’ in R. Sell , A. Borch and I. Lindgren (eds), The Ethics of Literary Communication: Genuineness, Directness, Indirectness (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2013), pp. 229–246.

M. Tilby , ‘Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850): “Realism” and authority’ in M. Bell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to European Novelists (Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 192–208.

S. Vachon (ed.), Balzac: une poétique du roman (Montreal and Saint-Denis: XYZ éditeur et Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 1996).

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