Rhetoric and Pleasure: Readings in Realist Literature / Edition 1

Rhetoric and Pleasure: Readings in Realist Literature / Edition 1

by Jan van Luxemburg
     
 

ISBN-10: 3631447299

ISBN-13: 9783631447291

Pub. Date: 06/01/1992

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

This study treats, after a discussion on literary theory, rhetorical and conventional aspects of realist novels from three different cultures: La regenta by the Spaniard Leopoldo Alas (1852-1901), the feminist novel Constance Ring by the Norwegian author Amalie Skram (1846-1905) and three Roman novels by the Dutch writer Louis Couperus (1863-1923)

Overview

This study treats, after a discussion on literary theory, rhetorical and conventional aspects of realist novels from three different cultures: La regenta by the Spaniard Leopoldo Alas (1852-1901), the feminist novel Constance Ring by the Norwegian author Amalie Skram (1846-1905) and three Roman novels by the Dutch writer Louis Couperus (1863-1923). The author argues that part of the meaning of these novels is influenced and in some cases even rendered undecidable by the use of rhetorical figures and tropes or by the exigencies of literary decorum. Part of the rhetoric is strongly estheticizing: it generates a plaisir du texte, and also threatens the postulated «serious» or «emancipatory» meaning of the texts.
Van Luxemburg's rhetorical analysis is influenced by the deconstructionist criticism of among others Roland Barthes, J. Hillis Miller, Paul de Man and Adena Rosmarin. His book covers the representation of women, of servants and slaves and (in relation to this) the depiction of morality and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783631447291
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Pages:
231

Table of Contents

Contents: The impact of rhetoric - Plaisir du texte - Narrative conventions - Deconstruction - The (undermining) influence of rhetorical figures and tropes and of narrative conventions on the interpretation of some realist and naturalist novels.

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