Fictional Female: Sacrificial Rituals and Spectacles of Writing in Baudelaire, Zola and Cocteau

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Lowe (French and Spanish, Boston U.) investigates why women characters are violently attacked and ultimately eliminated in French fiction written by men during the 19th and 20th centuries. Looking at the work of a novelist, a playwright, and a poet, she argues that women are set up to be sacrificed in a ritual that involves the very notions of gender and identity. Quotations are in both French and English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sacrificial Ritual 1
Pt. I The Practice of Sacrifice 1
Pt. II The Theory of Sacrifice 7
Ch. 1 The Ideal in Baudelaire's Spleen et Ideal 15
Pt. I A Vision of Order and Beauty 21
Pt. II "Glissement": Disorder Leaks into Order 31
Pt. III The Cycle of Disorder and Women 37
Pt. IV A Spectacle of Writing and a Sacrificial Ritual 65
Pt. V Conclusion 75
Ch. 2 Zola and His Heroines: Nana, Albine, and Christine 87
Pt. I Nana: A Tripartite Structure 89
Pt. II Comparisons with La Faute de l'abbe' Mouret and L├čOeuvre 103
Pt. III Conclusion: Sacrifice and the Realist Order 148
Ch. 3 Cocteau's Oedipus in La Machine infernale 159
Pt. I Identity in the Eye of the Father, in Sophocles, and in Freud 160
Pt. II The Transition from Order to Disorder 185
Pt. III Disorder and the Sphinx: Poetic Release 196
Pt. IV The Sacrifice of the Female 206
Conclusion: The Role of the Fictional Female 217
Bibliography 225
General Index 237
Index of Baudelaire's Poems 241
Index of Critics 243
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