This book analyses the ways in which divorce informed the development of French fiction until the First World War, arguing that in France the divorce question was intimately related to the rhythm of revolution.
Introduction: Sociology, Epistemology and Modern Marriage 1. The History of Divorce from the Revolution to the First World War 2. Between Mimesis and Idealism 3. Jealousy before Proust 4. Famous Fathers and Grumpy Daughters 5. Novel Series and Serial Lives 6. Conclusion