By Maxine Benson
This book examines questions of tension in narrative structure in the work of Baudelaire, Flaubert, Rimbaud and Mallarm¿. Individual chapters consider allegory in Les Fleurs du Mal, the figuration of sexuality in L'Apr¿s-midi d'un Faune, the interaction of story and history in Une Saison en Enfer, and narrative repetition, Romantic stereotypes, and alienated subjectivity in Madame Bovary. A final chapter draws out some of the historical implications of these readings in an analysis of Marx's writings on France from 1848 to 1871. In considering powerful disruptions of literary form in this period the author seeks among other things to revise current notions of modernity.
- Lincoln, NE