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"Hugo et la chimere" (review)

"Hugo et la chimere" (review) as seen most strikingly in his remark about what Gautier "should have done." His description of the visionary Romantics similarly conveys his own value judgments: "Des maladies variées les guettent: égocentrisme, despotisme, mépris du monde, solitude, édification de " paradis artificiels " au moyen de l'alcool ou de la drogue, dérives vers le spiritisme et les tables tournantes, voire autisme . . . " (xlvii). In this context, it is not surprising that he downplays the otherworldly elements of Gautier's writing. Brix seeks to elevate Gautier as a "good" Romantic for posterity. In publishing this anthology, Michel Brix has contributed greatly to current efforts to correct the critical neglect of Gautier's writing. Although the introduction may be too idiosyncratic to serve as a general guide for readers unfamiliar with Gautier, specialists will take an interest in Brix's views on Romanticism. Viegnes, Michel, ed. "Hugo et la chimère." Recherches & Travaux 62. Revue de l'UFR de Lettres Classiques et Modernes. Grenoble: ELLUG (Éditions littéraires et linguistiques de l'université de Grenoble), 2003. Pp. 188. ISBN 2951825412 Kathryn M. Grossman, Pennsylvania State University One of the many volumes associated with l'année Hugo ­ the bicentenary celebration of Victor Hugo's birth in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nineteenth Century French Studies University of Nebraska Press

"Hugo et la chimere" (review)

Nineteenth Century French Studies , Volume 34 (1)

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as seen most strikingly in his remark about what Gautier "should have done." His description of the visionary Romantics similarly conveys his own value judgments: "Des maladies variées les guettent: égocentrisme, despotisme, mépris du monde, solitude, édification de " paradis artificiels " au moyen de l'alcool ou de la drogue, dérives vers le spiritisme et les tables tournantes, voire autisme . . . " (xlvii). In this context, it is not surprising that he downplays the otherworldly elements of Gautier's writing. Brix seeks to elevate Gautier as a "good" Romantic for posterity. In publishing this anthology, Michel Brix has contributed greatly to current efforts to correct the critical neglect of Gautier's writing. Although the introduction may be too idiosyncratic to serve as a general guide for readers unfamiliar with Gautier, specialists will take an interest in Brix's views on Romanticism. Viegnes, Michel, ed. "Hugo et la chimère." Recherches & Travaux 62. Revue de l'UFR de Lettres Classiques et Modernes. Grenoble: ELLUG (Éditions littéraires et linguistiques de l'université de Grenoble), 2003. Pp. 188. ISBN 2951825412 Kathryn M. Grossman, Pennsylvania State University One of the many volumes associated with l'année Hugo ­ the bicentenary celebration of Victor Hugo's birth in

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