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Ornament, Fantasy, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century French Literature

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ISBN-10: 1400862663

ISBN-13: 9781400862665

Edition: 1992

Authors: Rae Beth Gordon

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In this examination of the role of ornament in nineteenth-century French literature, Rae Beth Gordon shows that ornament, far from being a simple accessory, raises problems that are at the very heart of aesthetic experience: limits and their transgression, illusion and seduction, pleasure and tension, harmony and confusion, excess and marginality. After placing texts by Nerval, Gautier, Mallarm, Huysmans, and Rachilde within the context of the history and techniques of the decorative arts, she reveals in these works the powerful role played by decorative figurations of syntax, diction, and composition. Gordon's detailed textual analyses yield spatial parallels with specific ornamental…    
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List price: $202.50
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2014
Pages: 308
Language: English