Eugénie Honoré de Balzac Grandet Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Crawford, Marion Ayton, author of introduction to Eugénie Grandet, by Honoré de Balzac, translated by Marion Ayton Crawford, pp. 5-32. New York: Penguin Books, 1985.

Provides a thematic and character-focused reading of Eugénie Grandet.

Frautschi, Richard L. "Tracing Narrative Axes in Eugénie Grandet, Madame Bovary, and Germinal: Toward a Quantitative Strategy." French Literature Series XVII (1990): 119-31.

Close examination of Balzac's narratological strategy in Eugénie Grandet, comparing it with the strategies exercised by Gustave Flaubert and Emile Zola in their greatest works.

Maurois, André. "Enter l'Etrangère." In his Prometheus: The Life of Balzac, translated by Norman Denny, pp. 218-36. London: Bodley Head, 1965.

Includes a biographically focused commentary on Eugénie Grandet, focusing upon locale and character.

Schor, Naomi. "Eugénie Grandet: Mirrors and Melancholia." In Breaking the Chain: Women, Theory, and French Realist Fiction, pp. 90-107. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985.

From a feminist perspective, examines Eugénie Grandet, "a novel where the oedipal configuration is writ large, as a unique nuclear family romance."

Shattuck, Roger. "Balzac and the Open Novel." In The Innocent Eye: On Modern Literature & the Arts, pp. 127-34. New York: Farrar Straus Girotix, 1984.

Focuses upon various aspects of Balzac's novel, noting especially the vivid characters and the novel's open-endedness.

Additional coverage of Balzac's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Discovering Authors; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 5, 35; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 5; and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 119; Nineteenth-Century French Fiction Writers: Romanticism and Realism, 1800-1860.