Th�r�se Raquin

ISBN-10: 0140449442
ISBN-13: 9780140449440
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thrse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husbands  More...

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List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.07" wide x 7.78" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.352

In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Thrse Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husbands earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Thrse Raquincaused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zolas novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

Zola was the spokesperson for the naturalist novel in France and the leader of a school that championed the infusion of literature with new scientific theories of human development drawn from Charles Darwin (see Vol. 5) and various social philosophers. The theoretical claims for such an approach, which are considered simplistic today, were outlined by Zola in his Le Roman Experimental (The Experimental Novel, 1880). He was the author of the series of 20 novels called The Rougon-Macquart, in which he attempted to trace scientifically the effects of heredity through five generations of the Rougon and Macquart families. Three of the outstanding volumes are L'Assommoir (1877), a study of alcoholism and the working class; Nana (1880), a story of a prostitute who is a femme fatale; and Germinal (1885), a study of a strike at a coal mine. All gave scope to Zola's gift for portraying crowds in turmoil. Today Zola's novels have been appreciated by critics for their epic scope and their visionary and mythical qualities. He continues to be immensely popular with French readers. His newspaper article "J'Accuse," written in defense of Alfred Dreyfus, launched Zola into the public limelight and made him the political conscience of his country.

�mile Durkheim(18581917) founded the French school of sociology. His most famous works include The Division of Labor in Societyand The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Robin Busss most recent translations for Penguin include Dumass The Black Tulip. Richard Sennettis the Bemis Professor of Social Sciences at MIT and a professor of sociology at the London School of Economics.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Background to ThTrFse Raquin
Science and Literature Progress and Positivism
The Realistic Imagination
The Birth of Naturalism ThTrFse Raquin
Narrative and Myth Plot
Narration Character Symbol and Image
Myth Conclusion
Notes to Introduction
Bibliography
PrTface de la DeuxiFme +dition ThTrFse Raquin
Notes to Text

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