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Introduction

Lawrence R. Schehr

in Subversions of Verisimilitude

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231355
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231355.003.0001
Introduction

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Realism and French researches lead to enormously diverse results that most of which engage works from 1830 toward the twenty-first century. The path and practice of realism, as known is still being practiced by many today, even in its older Balzacian form: many best sellers rely on the omniscient narrator to tell their stories. While it is arguable that the moves through this set of realist practices are seamless, it is not necessarily the case in any individual work. The argument here is that realist writers detour their works in significant ways for literary reasons and those detours move the works away from realist representation toward a mise-en-abyme of the literary or toward the literary for the sake of the literary. This book is a discussion of some of the perverse paths taken in realism and traditions.

Keywords: realism; French; Balzacian; realist writers; literary; traditions

Chapter.  4543 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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