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Repression and Expression

Literary and Social Coding in Nineteenth-Century France


Carrol F. Coates

Repression and Expression opens with several studies that clarify aspects of French thought and ideology from the Romantic pomp surrounding the executioner to Maurras on conspiracy. Other articles examine themes and techniques in fiction and theater (Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, the Goncourts, Zola, and Vallès). The section on «Revolutionary Pleasures» focuses on modes of expression during the Directorate, the July Revolution, and the political banquets of 1847. The final section groups studies on themes and conventions in poetry (Baudelaire, Gautier, Laforgue, Mallarmé) with theoretical considerations on rhyme and the genre of the «chanson».