French Realism Realism And Representation - Essay

Realism And Representation

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Hayden White

SOURCE: "The Problem of Style in Realistic Representation: Marx and Flaubert," in The Concept of Style, edited by Berel Lang, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1979, pp. 213-29.

[In the following essay, originally delivered as a lecture in 1977, White examines affinities between the realistic style of Flaubert's Sentimental Education and Marx's historical and ideological rendering of nineteenth-century French history in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.]

Prior to the nineteenth century, the problem of style in literature turned upon discussion of techniques of rhetorical composition and especially techniques...

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