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Paratextuality in Balzac's "La Peau de Chagrin/The Wild Ass's Skin"

Studies in French Literature v. 11

By (author) Jeri DeBois King
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 1st Jan 1992
Dimensions: w 159mm h 240mm d 19mm
Weight: 567g
ISBN-10: 077349507X
ISBN-13: 9780773495074
Barcode No: 9780773495074
This work is several studies in one, beginning with a positivistic examination of the paratext (subtitles, epigraphs, both editorial and authorial) that surrounds Balzac's first signed novel. It yields several readings. Numerous references to critics like Barthes and Greenblatt support the author's attempt at a deconstructive reading of Balzac, subverting the positivistic approach to the text by focusing on extra-textual elements, with the help of Genette. This study, is an exercise in post-structuralist criticism, a celebration of Balzac, and a demonstration of the implications of Genette's work in contemporary literary criticism, useful to both the beginner and the graduate student of Balzac.

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