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Title:Représentations de la noblesse dans le roman français (1789-1848)
Author(s):Ilinca, Ingrid L.
Director of Research:Mortimer, Armine Kotin; Talbot, Emile J.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mortimer, Armine Kotin
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Talbot, Emile J.; Mathy, Jean-Philippe; Fresco, Karen L.
Department / Program:French
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):French literature
representations of nobility
Sénac de Meilhan
Germaine de Staël
Honoré de Balzac
Une double famille
Abstract:The French nobility is considered as a class defeated by the bourgeoisie and irrelevant within the capitalist economy. This widespread view fails to explain the vivid presence of the nobles in the 19th century cultural production. A phenomenological analysis of five novels (L’émigré, by Sénac de Meilhan, Delphine, by Germaine de Staël, L’interdiction, Une double famille, and Béatrix, by Honoré de Balzac) allows me to define a flexible model on which I base a study of nobility representations between 1789 and 1848. This model is organized around the following aspects: heredity and the idea of biological superiority, family and matrimonial practices, individual vs. lineage, education and savoir-faire, forms of sociability, (non)conformity to the norms, interpretation of signs and appearances, political engagements, equality vs. inequality, interaction with other social groups.
Issue Date:2010-01-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 Ingrid L. Ilinca
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-01-06
Date Deposited:December 2

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