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Female Victims and Oppressors in Novels by Theodor Fontane and Francois Mauriac
     

Female Victims and Oppressors in Novels by Theodor Fontane and Francois Mauriac

by Susan Wansink
 

This book compares selected novels of Theodor Fontane (1819-1898) with those of François Mauriac (1885-1970), breaking new ground by revealing the strong thematic parallels and certain stylistic affinities in the authors' presentations of female characters and society. It focuses on the female characters in Effi Briest (1895) and Thérè

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This book compares selected novels of Theodor Fontane (1819-1898) with those of François Mauriac (1885-1970), breaking new ground by revealing the strong thematic parallels and certain stylistic affinities in the authors' presentations of female characters and society. It focuses on the female characters in Effi Briest (1895) and Thérèse Desqueyroux (1927) as victims of a rigid, yet degenerating patriarchal society, and on the women in Frau Jenny Treibel (1892) and Genitrix (1924) as possessive dominators. These presentations reveal the injustices and insufficiencies of a social system on the verge of decline, existent in both authors' fictive worlds.

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«Susan Wansink's book is valuable for all scholars of French and German literature, but is especially important for those who study the continental novel. In her analysis, the author contrasts and compares the female characters - some portrayed as victims, others as oppressors - in the fictive works of Theodor Fontane and François Mauriac.» (Christine E. Keck, Purdue University)
Booknews
Compares attitudes toward women's role in society in the novels of 19th-century German writer Fontane and 20th-century French writer Mauriac. Includes a direct comparison of the two writers, analyses of women as victims and as dominators in both their works, and a conclusion on the 19th-century woman's fate of being trapped within societal norms. Indexed by name only. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820436616
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Series:
Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures Series , #53
Pages:
139

Meet the Author

The Author: Susan Wansink is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Wesleyan College. She received her Ph.D. in German literature with related studies in French literature from Purdue University. Among her publications are articles in professional journals on German literature and the transformation of literature into film.

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