The Sce´nologie of the death of selected eighteenth- and nineteenth-century heroines

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Janice Hooke Moore (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Elizabeth Barineau

Abstract: This thesis is an attempt to explicate the death scenes of heroines of the following novels with the hope of drawing from such intrinsic observations the style of each author, comparisons between these styles, and any apparent over-all trends: Manon Lescaut (Prévost), La Nouvellc Hélolse (Rousseau), Atala (Chateaubriand), Notre-Dame de Paris (Hugo), Madame Bovary (Flaubert), and L'Assommoir (Zola). Ranging in date of publication from 1731 to 1877, they present examples of most periods of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are among the best-known novels of their time, and are works which might appear in any survey course of the periods involved. The following method of research was employed. Each novel was considered separately. There was no attempt made to deal with problems of composition, and no outside critical works were consulted. Because these were well-written novels, the death scene would not stand entirely alone and had to be viewed as an integral part of the whole, necessitating examination of larger segments than originally intended. Definition of what constituted "the scene" was easier to ascertain in some cases than in others. Differences in presentation of the death sometimes had to be reflected in a different approach to the work.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Death in literature
Heroines in literature
French literature $y 18th century
French literature $y 19th century

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