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Author Grossman, Kathryn M.

Title The later novels of Victor Hugo : variations on the politics and poetics of transcendence / Kathryn M. Grossman.

Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press 2012.

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 Moore Stacks  PQ2301 .G763 2012    Available  ---
Edition 1st ed.
Description xii, 285 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-275) and index.
Contents From Han d'island to Les Misérables and beyond -- Monsters, marvels, and transport in Les travailleurs de la mer -- Dystopia and poetic vision in L'homme qui rit -- Romanticism and utopia: Quatrevingt-treize and endless revolution.
Summary This study places the last three novels of Victor Hugo's maturity--"Les Travailleurs de la mer" (1866), "L'Homme qui rit" (1869), and "Quatrevingt-Treize" (1874)--within the context of his artistic development after the success of Les Misérables (1862). By situating these historical narratives in relation to each other, to all of Hugo's previous fiction, and to a number of poetic and critical works published in exile and in the initial years of the Third Republic, it illuminates the final structural and thematic shifts from a poetics of harmony to one of transcendence. As in Les Misérables, the disharmony associated with social tumult, apocalyptic vision, and oxymoronic tensions provides an essential component of the later Hugo's Romantic sublime.
Provenance Gift of Paul and Mary Haas.
Subject Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885 -- Criticism and interpretation.
ISBN 9780199642953
0199642958