“À nous deux,” Balzac: Barrès’s Les Déracinés , and the Ghosts of La Comédie humaine

“À nous deux,” Balzac: Barrès’s Les Déracinés , and the Ghosts of La Comédie humaine Abstract: This article examines how Balzacian plots of ambition and ascension are held up as both possibility and impossibility in Maurice Barrès’s 1897 novel Les Déracinés , where they are subject to repeated, often simultaneous citation and denegation. After showing how Barrès, through a series of pronouncements about Balzac in his early career, attempts to define himself by renouncing this powerful model, I propose that Balzac and his iconic characters, Rastignac first among them, have an effaced but lingering presence in Les Déracinés that might be best described as a haunting. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nineteenth-Century French Studies University of Nebraska Press

“À nous deux,” Balzac: Barrès’s Les Déracinés , and the Ghosts of La Comédie humaine

Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 42 (3) – May 9, 2014

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Abstract: This article examines how Balzacian plots of ambition and ascension are held up as both possibility and impossibility in Maurice Barrès’s 1897 novel Les Déracinés , where they are subject to repeated, often simultaneous citation and denegation. After showing how Barrès, through a series of pronouncements about Balzac in his early career, attempts to define himself by renouncing this powerful model, I propose that Balzac and his iconic characters, Rastignac first among them, have an effaced but lingering presence in Les Déracinés that might be best described as a haunting.

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