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4. ‘A work of truth’L’Assommoir

4. ‘A work of truth’: L’Assommoir  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘A work of truth’ looks at the novel L’Assommoir, the first to represent how the workers—the new French industrial proletariat—really lived. The story of Gervaise Macquart, a washerwoman ... More
9. After the Rougon-Macquart

9. After the Rougon-Macquart  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘After the Rougon-Macquart’ considers the final novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, Doctor Pascal. This novel explores the themes of science and religion, renewal and rebirth. The latter ... More
3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)

3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2008
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‘The age of idealism (1781–1832)’ describes how Immanuel Kant endeavoured to reconcile the empiricist Enlightenment of the bourgeoisie with the rationalist Enlightenment of officialdom in a ... More
4. The age of materialism (1832–1914)

4. The age of materialism (1832–1914)  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The age of materialism (1832–1914)’ explains how the philosophers who dominated the new age in Germany were materialist where their predecessors had been idealist, and socially autonomous ... More
6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’Men, women, and society

6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’: Men, women, and society  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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‘“And don't dispute with fools”: Men, women, and society’ references Pushkin's view of the poet as conflicted by having to live both in the world of mysticism, art, and religion, as well as ... More
5. Around the Revolution

5. Around the Revolution  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Around the Revolution’ describes the growing scepticism about claims that the social order was founded on nature, itself based on divine providence. The literary works inspired by the ... More
5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’Writers as ‘masters of minds’

5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’: Writers as ‘masters of minds’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘“Awakening noble feelings with my lyre”: Writers as “masters of minds”’ examines, via examples of Pushkin's work, his views on the expectations of readers and their perceptions of the ... More
2. Before the Rougon-Macquart

2. Before the Rougon-Macquart  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Before the Rougon-Macquart’ examines the author’s early life as the child of a French mother and Italian father, originally named Zolla. The death of Zola’s father when his son was 7 ... More
1. The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview

1. The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview’ explores how, for nearly three centuries the German literary and philosophical tradition has been compelled by local circumstances to ... More
3. Classical art and world literature

3. Classical art and world literature  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Classical art and world literature’ shows that Goethe’s knowledge of art and literature was wide-ranging and explains that, in both, he came to believe that the works produced by the ... More
4. Cultural patrimony

4. Cultural patrimony  

Jo Labanyi

in Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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In 1931, Spain's illiteracy rate was 40%, higher in rural than urban areas. ‘Cultural patrimony’ examines two aspects of cultural patrimony: who has access to it and how it is transmitted ... More
7. Down the mineGerminal

7. Down the mine: Germinal  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Down the mine’ considers the role of the mining community on Zola. The bloody events of the Paris Commune of 1871, when a revolutionary uprising of citizens declared the city independent ... More
6. The dream machineThe Ladies’ Paradise

6. The dream machine: The Ladies’ Paradise  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The dream machine’ looks at the role of the 'machine' in the writing of Zola. Many of Zola’s novels are organized round a machine (like the distilling machine in L’Assommoir) or a great ... More
7. ‘Every tribe and every tongue will name me’Russian literature and ‘primitive culture’

7. ‘Every tribe and every tongue will name me’: Russian literature and ‘primitive culture’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘“Every tribe and every tongue will name me”: Russian literature and “primitive culture”‘ looks at Pushkin's fame and influence throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. Contemporary, ... More
3. The fat and the thinThe Belly of Paris

3. The fat and the thin: The Belly of Paris  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The fat and the thin: The Belly of Paris’ evokes the violent beginnings of the Rougon-Macquart family during Louis-Napoleon’s coup d’état of December 1851. The novel tells the story of ... More
9. French-Speaking Heroes Without Borders?

9. French-Speaking Heroes Without Borders?  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘French-speaking heroes without borders?’ examines the French literature of the last two decades of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. It asks who or what is a ... More
7. From Marcel to Rrose Selavy

7. From Marcel to Rrose Selavy  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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‘From Marcel to Rrose Selavy’ explains how Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu brought a new vigour to the exploration of consciousness, sensation, and memory. The characters all flow ... More
3. Gender and sexuality

3. Gender and sexuality  

Jo Labanyi

in Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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After the 1980s, the new discipline of gender studies has meant that the study of Spanish literature has changed considerably. This has resulted in the recovery of ‘forgotten’ women writers ... More
8. The Great MotherEarth

8. The Great Mother: Earth  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The great mother: earth’ looks at the novel Earth, Zola’s favourite among his novels. Lyrical descriptions of the countryside and of the eternal cycle of nature and the seasons contrast ... More
1. History

1. History  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2012
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Italy's long history of division and foreign domination had a number of important consequences for Italian literature, the most fundamental of which concerns language. ‘History’ takes the ... More

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