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In its retrospect on the history of the European novel, Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo identifies the figure of the aristocratic male libertine as a particular novelistic object of erotic attraction and repulsion. The nobleman's sexual dominance and whip-wielding brutality is a measure of...
This essay explores the function of the portrait in two texts, Balzac's La Maison du chat-qui-pelote and James's "Glasses." I argue that in both texts the portrait plays a crucial role and that taking the portrait into account allows us to see differently the social dramas these works depict. In...
Written in Denmark in French in 1887–88, Swedish author August Strindberg's novel A Madman's Defense ( Le Plaidoyer d'un fou ) was first published in an 1893 German translation and subsequently released in a manicured French version in 1895. The German version was taken to court on indecency...
Dubravka Ugre i 's 1983 short story "Hrenovka u vru em pecivu" ("Hot Dog on a Warm Bun") self-consciously parodies N.V. Gogol''s 1836 "Nos" ("The Nose"). Building on the tradition of "noseology," a literary sub-genre in 1820s and 1830s Russia, Ugre i parodies the highly symbolic interpretations...
Since Bruce Robbins's Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State deals with the novel, readers will rightly place it next to Lukacs and more recent historians and theoreticians of the genre. Critically, however, I believe it is also important to place...
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