Reconstructing Woman: From Fiction to Reality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Reconstructing Woman explores a scenario common to the works of four major French novelists of the nineteenth century: Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and Villiers. In the texts of each author, a new Pygmalion (as Balzac calls one of his characters) turns away from a real woman he has loved or desired and prefers instead his artificial re-creation of her. All four authors also portray the possibility that this simulacrum, which replaces the woman, could become real. The central chapters examine this plot and its meanings in ...

Reconstructing Woman: From Fiction to Reality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel 2008, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA

ISBN-13: 9780271032672

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Reconstructing Woman: From Fiction to Reality in the Nineteenth-Century Novel 2008, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA

ISBN-13: 9780271032665

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