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Author Yee, Jennifer,
Title Colonial comedy : imperialism in the French realist novel / Jennifer Yee.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford Univ Press, 2016.

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Author Yee, Jennifer,
Subject French fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary Through Jennifer Yee's close reading of the great novelists of the French realist and naturalist canon - Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant - she reveals that the colonies play a role at a distance even in the most apparently metropolitan texts.
Contents Cover; The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; French Colonialism and The Nineteenth Century; Colonialism and The Rise of The Novel; What Do We Mean by 'Realism'?; Romantic Exoticism and Realist Colonialism?; Reading The Colonies Into The Metropolis: Some Conceptual Tools; 'Offstage' Spaces in the Novel; Colonial Metaphor and Colonial Metonymy; Internal Strain in Realist Verisimilitude: the effet d'exotisme; A Literature of Doubt : Hesitations Ov er Colonialism; Balzac, Flaubert, Zola: Colonial Projects.
1: Imported ObjectsThe Dualism of The Imported Object; Polemical Uses of The Exoti c and Fantastic Within Realism; Capitalism: The Object Within a System of Exchange; The Object in Colonial Context; Consumer Objects, Frag mentary Vision, and The Quest For The Oriental Absolute; 2: The Real Cost of Sugar: Ethics, the Slave Trade, and the Colonies; Eugenie Grandet, Sugar, and The Slave Trade; Women as Slaves and The 'Commerce D'hommes'; Crime at a Distance; Slavery and Autocratic Pastoral; Colonial Guilt and The Tainted Fortune; Zola 's Colonial Experiments and The Ethics of Distance.
3: The Great Imperial ScamOriental Luxury, Metro politan Fraud; The Debunking of Magical Money; Balzac and (Failed) Colonial Fraud; Daudet, Tunisian Debt, and The Ambivalent Stockbro ker Hero; Zola's L'argent, The Stockbro ker Hero, and The Middle East; Maupassant's Bel-Ami: An Anticolonial Novel?; Colonial Fraud and Critical Orientalism; 4: Critical Orientalism: Misreading and Miswriting the Colonies; Misreading: Exotic Bovarysm in Flaubert and Daudet; Miswriting: Orientalism and The Invention of The Colonies; Narrative Embedding and Geographical Disjunction.
Framed Narratives: Balzac's Anti-Travel Tale, The Voyage De Paris A JavaFramed Narratives: The Penal Colony and Zola's Ventre De Paris; Critical Orientalism and Self-Consciousness; 5: The Black Maid and Her Mistress; Manet's Olympia: Interpreting The Black Maidservant; Manet and Zola; Zola: The Black Maid and Abject Femininity; Flaubert: The Black Maidservant as Red Herring; Blackness Between Myth and History; 6: The Primitive Within; Balzac: La Cousine Bette and The New Urban Proletariat; The Colonial Origins of Metropolitan Violence: Embedded Narratives in Balzac, Maupassant, And Zola.
Therese Raquin: Colonial Inheritance Before HeredityThe Racial Other Goes Underground: La Bete Humaine and The Born Criminal; Dualism: Zola 's Feral Victor and His Bourgeois Father; Zola, The Experimental Novel, and Epistemological Doubt; Conclusion: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and the Realist Mode; The 'Unknowable Other', or The Problem With(In) Realism; Anxiety and The Dissolution of The Self; From Colonial Naturalism to Modernism; The Realist/Modernist Debate and Postcolonial Fiction; Bibliography; Editions of Primary Texts and Correspondence of Main Authors Studied; Honore de Balzac.
ISBN 9780191789335 (electronic bk.)
019178933X (electronic bk.)
9780191034206 (electronic bk.)
9780198722632 (print)
OCLC # 944211448
Additional Format Print version: Yee, Jennifer. Colonial comedy. [Place of publication not identified] : Oxford Univ Press, 2016 019872263X (OCoLC)928443515.

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