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American Popular Culture, #112: Judgment and Justification in the Nineteenth-Century Novel of Adultery

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The 19th century novel typically examines social problems and values. Several novels of that period treat adulterous relationships; in doing so, they consider the attitude toward adultery in particular societies. Using the adulteress as an archetypal figure of the realist tradition as a constant, this book compares and discusses six novels of adultery from around the world to show how they reflect the standards and judgments of the nineteenth century. These ethical contexts are informed by diverse philosophical systems, including Christianity, naturalism, and nihilism.

Included are discussions of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Queirós' O primo Basilio, Tolstoy's Anna Karenin, ClarÍn's La Regenta, Fontane's Effi Briest, and Chopin's The Awakening. The book gives careful attention to the perspective of the person telling the tale in each novel, the manner in which consciousness is portrayed, and the way in which events are witnessed, to demonstrate that the judgments made upon the erring wives stem from the ethics of hypocritical societies. While some authors are more authoritarian than others, all make their judgments known, and adultery is shown to be neither an escape nor a liberation for women but an ailment caused by their arranged marriages, romantic ideals, and lack of education.

Book News Annotation:

Adultery was a common topic in realist novels of the 19th century. In this study, Rippon compares the ways in which the writings of Flaubert, Queiros, Tolstoy, Clarin, Fontane, and Chopin deal with the classic love triangle. Her narratological and philosophical approach focuses on whether the descriptions of the death and degradation of adulteresses in these novels are intended to elicit the reader's sympathy or judgment. Rippon teaches Spanish at the Citadel military college of South Carolina.
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Synopsis:

The 19th century novel typically examines social problems and values. Several novels of that period treat adulterous relationships; in doing so, they consider the attitude toward adultery in particular societies. Using the adulteress as an archetypal figure of the realist tradition as a constant, this book compares and discusses six novels of adultery from around the world to show how they reflect the standards and judgments of the nineteenth century. These ethical contexts are informed by diverse philosophical systems, including Christianity, naturalism, and nihilism. Included are discussions of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Queiros' O primo Basilio, Tolstoy's Anna Karenin, Clarin's La Regenta, Fontane's Effi Briest, and Chopin's The Awakening. The book gives careful attention to the perspective of the person telling the tale in each novel, the manner in which consciousness is portrayed, and the way in which events are witnessed, to demonstrate that the judgments made upon the erring wives stem from the ethics of hypocritical societies. While some authors are more authoritarian than others, all make their judgments known, and adultery is shown to be neither an escape nor a liberation for women but an ailment caused by their arranged marriages, romantic ideals, and lack of education.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [137]-142) and index.

About the Author

MARIA R. RIPPON is Visiting Professor of Spanish at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313321641
Author:
Rippon, Maria R.
Publisher:
Praeger
Author:
Rippon, Maria
Location:
Westport, Conn.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Adultery in literature
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Contributions to the Study of World Literature
Series Volume:
1.01no. 112
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.52x6.24x.72 in. .95 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The 19th century novel typically examines social problems and values. Several novels of that period treat adulterous relationships; in doing so, they consider the attitude toward adultery in particular societies. Using the adulteress as an archetypal figure of the realist tradition as a constant, this book compares and discusses six novels of adultery from around the world to show how they reflect the standards and judgments of the nineteenth century. These ethical contexts are informed by diverse philosophical systems, including Christianity, naturalism, and nihilism. Included are discussions of Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Queiros' O primo Basilio, Tolstoy's Anna Karenin, Clarin's La Regenta, Fontane's Effi Briest, and Chopin's The Awakening. The book gives careful attention to the perspective of the person telling the tale in each novel, the manner in which consciousness is portrayed, and the way in which events are witnessed, to demonstrate that the judgments made upon the erring wives stem from the ethics of hypocritical societies. While some authors are more authoritarian than others, all make their judgments known, and adultery is shown to be neither an escape nor a liberation for women but an ailment caused by their arranged marriages, romantic ideals, and lack of education.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [137]-142) and index.
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