Poeticite de la Description au Dix-Neuvieme Siecle ( The Various Ways Nineteenth-Century French Poets and Novelists Write Descriptions of Feelings, Events,and Things)

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Literary criticism examining the way poetic description gives multiple meanings to the objects it scrutinizes in contrast to factual inscriptive and prescriptive statements.

Reviews

“[The author’s] study of this ‘poeticity’ of description will become required reading for those studying the elusive distinction between ‘prose’ and ‘poetry’, for what he presents in this book is a way of overcoming that traditional dichotomy, and in the process, [gains] an understanding of the full production of textual meaning, which is not simply mimetic, but also, essentially, semiotic.”
-Prof. Vincent Aurora, Columbia University

“[The author’s] book is an important contribution to nineteenth-century French literature and to the study and the rehabilitation of a too-long-scorned and neglected figure of speech widely used at that time.”
-Prof. Philip Laplace, University of France-Comte

Table of Contents

Foreword
Préface, par Dominique Jullien
Introduction: Malaise dans la description

Définitions ou prescriptions?
Trois décrets anti-descriptifs
De quelques causes de la décadence du descriptif
Mesurer la poéticité de la description
Chapitre I
Flaubert et la poésie du décrit

Lieux de la description
le jeune Flaubert et l’imaginaire romantique
L’œil de Flaubert
Le sous-texte comme interprétant aux lumières des candélabres flaubertiens
Chapitre II
Zola, Huysmans, Tinan, Gide :
la prose du monde dans le descriptif fin-de-siècle

Mythopoétique descriptive dans La Fortune des Rougon
Artifice et réécriture du monde dans À Rebours
Tinan, ou comment décrire ses émotions
Les jardins secrets de Tityre :
le jeune Gide et l’imaginaire descriptif décadent
Conclusion: le chant du descriptif
Bibliographie
Index

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