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Emile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780198837565

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Author: 
Brian Nelson
Pages
160 Pages
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Paperback
Size
112 x 175 mm
Pub date
Jul 2020
Series
Very Short Introductions
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  • Examines Émile Zola's distinctive place in the history of the European novel
  • Explores how Zola opened the novel up to a new realm of subjects and how his work embodies a new freedom of expression in their depiction
  • Situates Zola's work in its social and political contexts
  • Considers Zola's art criticism, and his role in the Dreyfus Affair, as well as his fiction

      
Émile Zola was the leader of the literary movement known as 'naturalism' and is one of the great figures of the novel. In his monumental Les Rougon-Macquart (1871-93), he explored the social and cultural landscape of the late nineteenth century in ways that scandalized bourgeois society. Zola opened the novel up to a new realm of subjects, including the realities of working-class life, class relations, and questions of gender and sexuality, and his writing embodied a new freedom of expression, with his bold, outspoken voice often inviting controversy.
     
In this Very Short Introduction, Brian Nelson examines Zola's major themes and narrative art. He illuminates the social and political contexts of Zola's work, and provides readings of five individual novels (The Belly of Paris, L'Assommoir, The Ladies' Paradise, Germinal, and Earth). Zola's naturalist theories, which attempted to align literature with science, helped to generate the stereotypical notion that his fiction was somehow nonfictional. Nelson, however, reveals how the most distinctive elements of Zola's writing go far beyond his theoretical naturalism, giving his novels their unique force. Throughout, he sets Zola's work in context, considering his relations with contemporary painters, his role in the Dreyfus Affair, and his eventual murder.

Index: 

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations

Introduction
1 Zola and the art of fiction
2 Before the Rougon-Macquart
3 The fat and the thin: The Belly of Paris
4 'A work of truth': L'Assommoir
5 The man-eater: Nana
6 The dream machine: The Ladies' Paradise
7 Down the mine: Germinal
8 The Great Mother: Earth
9 After the Rougon-Macquart
A chronology of Zola's life and works
References
Further reading

About the author: 

Brian Nelson, Monash University
   
Brian Nelson is Emeritus Professor of French and Translation Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His publications include The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature, The Cambridge Companion to Zola, Zola and the Bourgeoisie, and translations, for Oxford World's Classics, of Zola's His Excellency Eugène Rougon, Earth (with Julie Rose), The Fortune of the Rougons, The Belly of Paris, The Kill, Pot Luck and The Ladies' Paradise. He has also translated Swann in Love by Marcel Proust.

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