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Gates of Horn: A Study of Five French Realists

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"The author explores this tradition in depth and defines it with a breadth of vision, a dynamic vigor and freedom rarely paralleled today....His method, flexible, generous, humane in the best sense of the word, eschews pedantry, dogma, useless theorizing and scholastic argumentation."--The New York Times Book Review. "I wish to make it clear that The Gates of Horn represents an outstanding critical accomplishment."--Saturday Review. In the Odyssey, Homer describes two gates of the imagination: one of ivory ...
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"The author explores this tradition in depth and defines it with a breadth of vision, a dynamic vigor and freedom rarely paralleled today....His method, flexible, generous, humane in the best sense of the word, eschews pedantry, dogma, useless theorizing and scholastic argumentation."--The New York Times Book Review. "I wish to make it clear that The Gates of Horn represents an outstanding critical accomplishment."--Saturday Review. In the Odyssey, Homer describes two gates of the imagination: one of ivory through which fictitious dreams pass, and the other of horn, through which nothing but the truth may pass. Realism is the type of literature that passes through the horn, and in this significant study of the genre Levin examines a major form of Realism--the French novel--and focuses on five of its masters--Stendahl, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, And Proust. Now available in paperback, Levin's study is a veritable reconstruction of the artistic and intellectual life of a nation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195006209
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/31/1963
  • Pages: 576

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Harvard University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

I Premises
1. Toward a Critical Method 3
2. Taine and His Influence 8
3. Literature as an Institution 16
II Romance and Realism
1. Truth and Fiction 24
2. The Third Estate 31
3. Anti-Romance 39
4. The Gates of Ivory 48
5. From Priam to Birotteau 56
6. The Context of Realism 64
7. The Dynasty of Realism 74
III Stendhal
1. The Pursuit of Happiness 84
2. The Comedy of the Nineteenth Century 98
3. The Happy Few 113
4. A Pistol-Shot at a Concert 129
IV Balzac
1. The Law of Disorganization 150
2. Doctor of Social Medicine 167
3. Subtracting the Discount 183
4. The Thirty-third Mandarin 198
V Flaubert
1. A Sentimental Education 214
2. The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp 231
3. The Female Quixote 246
4. The Dance of Kuchiouk Hanem 270
5. Spleen and Ideal 285
VI Zola
1. Experience and Experiment 305
2. The Poetry of Fact 317
3. The Human Beast 328
4. Faces in the Crowd 339
5. Forward, Backward, Downward 350
6. Conscience and Consciousness 359
VII Proust
1. A Cork-Lined Room 372
2. The Telescope 385
3. The Microscope 396
4. The Dostoevsky Side 408
5. A Metamorphosis of Things 421
6. The Undiscovered Country 431
VIII Realism and Reality
1. From Essence to Existence 445
2. The Banal Canvas 454
3. Toward Mythology 462
Chronology 472
Acknowledgments 479
Notes 482
Index 537
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