Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

by Scott M. Powers

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ISBN-13: 9781612494531
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures , #66
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
File size: 527 KB

About the Author

Scott M. Powers is an associate professor of French at the University of Mary Washington. He has authored several articles on modern and postmodern treatments of evil and secularization in Baudelaire, Zola, Céline, Beigbeder, and Littell. Powers also edited a volume devoted to evil in contemporary French and Francophone literature. Research areas that intersect with his investigations into French literature on evil include Catholic theology, medical theory, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. Other publications include coauthorship of the second-year French language and culture textbook Interaction: Langue et culture and contributions to two volumes of the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Powers currently is pursuing research on the tension between the religious and the secular in Québécois literature of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Writing against Theodicy: Secularization in Baudelaire's Poetry and Critical Essays 21

Chapter 2 The Mourning of God and the Ironies of Secularization in Baudelaire's Le Spleen de Paris 43

Chapter 3 Sublimation and Conversion in Zola and Huysmans 87

Chapter 4 The Staging of Doubt: Zola and Huysmans on Lourdes 135

Chapter 5 Religious and Secular Conversions: Transformations in Céline's Medical Perspective on Evil 185

Conclusion 223

Notes 227

Bibliography 245

Index 255

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