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Title:Representations De La Noblesse Dans Le Roman Francais (1789--1848)
Author(s):Ilinca, Ingrid L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mortimer, Amine Kotin
Department / Program:French
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Modern
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'emigre, by Senac de Meilhan, Delphine, by Germaine de Stael, L'interdiction, Une double famille, and Beatrix, by Honore 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:2009
Description:209 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3406757
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2009

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