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Grossman, Kathryn M
The later novels of Victor Hugo : variations on the politics and poetics of transcendence / Kathryn M. Grossman
Alternate Title Variations on the politics and poetics of transcendence
1st ed
Oxford : Oxford University Press c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PQ2301 .G76 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Transcendence (Philosophy) in literature
Physical Description xii, 285 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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

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