Writing Realism: Representations in French Fiction


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For centuries, and not just in the period we refer to as realism, writers of novels and short stories have consciously exploited our ability to believe in what is manifestly fiction. In this study, Armine Kotin Mortimer contends that we can best understand the illusion of reality by examining works where acts of writing play an integral part within the story. Characters who are writing letters in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for instance, or writing a book manuscript in Sollers's Femmes are writing realism. Such depicted acts ...

Writing Realism: Representations in French Fiction 2000, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801864780