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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
Department / Program: French
Discipline: French
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): French literature representations of nobility Sénac de Meilhan Germaine de Staël Honoré de Balzac L'émigré Delphine L'interdiction Une double famille Béatrix
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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/14575
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Ingrid L. Ilinca
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-01-06
Date Deposited: December 2
 

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