Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative

Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner, 1st Edition

By Carol Colatrella


224 pages

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First published in 1990. Balzac, Zola and Faulkner all drew upon the principles of evolutionary theory to represent man’s place in nature and his struggle for survival in their major series La Comèdie humaine, Rougon-Macquart and the Yoknapatawpha fiction. This book focuses on the ‘first’ novels in each author’s series (La Père Goriot, La Fortune des Rougon and Flags in the Dust) and considers how each novel relates to its series and derives a definition of the naturalistic roman-fleuve. To describe this development, the issues of how a scientific idea becomes refracted in a literary genre and how the naturalistic novel developed out of the realistic novel are considered.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter I The Tangled Bank: Evolutionary Theory and the Roman-Fleuve Chapter II The Christ of Paternity: La Père Goriot Chapter III Eternal Recommencement: La Fortune des Rougon Chapter IV The Blind Tragedy of Human Events: Flags in the Dust; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Nature