Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre

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With particular reference to nineteenth-century French culture, the contributors explore the role realism has played in the social construction of gender and sexuality. Among their subjects are nineteenth-century physiologies, photographs, caricatures, and Balzac's Comedie humaine; the ethnographic claims of the Goncourts' naturalism and the historical claims of Zola's; and the allure of exotica displayed at new museums and international expositions.
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Overview

With particular reference to nineteenth-century French culture, the contributors explore the role realism has played in the social construction of gender and sexuality. Among their subjects are nineteenth-century physiologies, photographs, caricatures, and Balzac's Comedie humaine; the ethnographic claims of the Goncourts' naturalism and the historical claims of Zola's; and the allure of exotica displayed at new museums and international expositions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816625215
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: Cultural Politics Series , #10
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,137,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Reconfiguring Realism
Introduction: Realism, God's Secret, and the Body 1
Female Sexuality and the Referent of Enlightenment Realisms 11
Censoring the Realist Gaze 28
Realism without a Human Face 66
In Lieu of a Chapter on Some French Women Realist Novelists 90
S/Z, Realism, and Compulsory Heterosexuality 120
Real Fashion: Clothes Unmake the Working Woman 137
Figura Serpentinata: Visual Seduction and the Colonial Gaze 163
Flaubert and Realism: Paternity, Authority, and Sexual Difference 179
The Adulteress's Child 196
The Body and the Body Politic in the Novels of the Goncourts 214
Experimenting on Women: Zola's Theory and Practice of the Experimental Novel 231
Temples of Delight: Consuming Consumption in Emile Zola's Au Bonbeur des dames 247
The Morgue and the Musee Grevin: Understanding the Public Taste for Reality in Fin-de Siecle Paris 268
Bayaderes, Stereorama, and Vahat-Loukoum: Technological Realism in the Age of Empire 294
A Question of Reference: Male Sexuality in Phallic Theory 320
Courbet's L'Origine du monde: The Origin without an Original 339
Select Critical Bibliography 349
Contributors 353
Index 357
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