French Realism Issues And Influence - Essay

Issues And Influence

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Vivienne Mylne

SOURCE: "Social Realism in the Dialogue of Eighteenth-Century French Fiction," in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Vol. 6, edited by Ronald C. Rosbottom, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1977, pp. 265-84.

[In the following essay, Mylne explores the trend toward increased use of realistic dialogue in French fiction of the eighteenth century.]

One element of French novels which shows a marked change during the eighteenth century is that of dialogue. The simplest and most obvious way of describing the change is to say that, in a significant number of novels, dialogue becomes more "realistic" in manner and presentation: the...

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