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Emile Zola: L'Assommoir (Landmarks of World Literature)by David Baguley
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This book offers a variety of approaches to Zola’s masterpiece, published amid considerable controversy in 1876–7. L'Assommoir (the tale of a Parisian washerwoman who after a hard life turns to drink and dies in abject poverty) is analysed as a social and political novel, as a representative work of literary naturalism, and in the context of its repercussions in the history of the novel. Professor Baguley investigates its complex and sometimes ambiguous themes, its literary structures and its technical innovativeness. He provides a synthesis of the best research and criticism of the novel together with new insights into its interpretation. The biographical and historical context is given, and there is a guide to further reading.
L'Assommoir is analysed as a social and political novel and in the context of its repercussions in the history of the novel.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Note on the text and abbreviations; Chronology; Introduction; 1. The social and political novel; 2. The â€˜naturalistâ€™novel; 3. The novel: themes and techniques; 4. Repercussions; Guide to further reading.
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