Longing to Belong: The Parvenu in Nineteenth-Century French and German Literature

Longing to Belong: The Parvenu in Nineteenth-Century French and German Literature

by S. Sasson

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Longing to Belong: The Parvenu in Nineteenth-Century French and German Literature by S. Sasson

An emblematic figure of the 'bourgeois century,' the parvenu represents the Other on which a society depends. This drama of exclusion is symptomatic of nineteenth-century society: ambivalent about social mobility, oscillating between a new sense of opportunity for all and a backward-looking retrenchment to rigid social structures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137278210
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters Series
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah Juliette Sasson is a lecturer in French and Romance Philology at Columbia Univeristy.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue xiii

Introduction 1

1 Theory of the Parvenu 9

2 Sartorial Stories: At the Fringes of the Social Sphere 39

3 The Poetics of Identity 67

4 The Fiction of Accomplishment 83

5 Topography of Conquest 101

6 A Strange Bestiary: Alterity and the Question of Humanity 125

Conclusion 147

Notes 151

Bibliography 191

Index 203

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