The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess

The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess

By: Peter Brooks (author)Paperback

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In this lucid and fascinating book, Peter Brooks argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the nineteenth century, he moves on to Balzac and Henry James to show how these "realist" novelists created fiction using the rhetoric and excess of melodrama - in particular its secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film.

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  • ISBN13: 9780300065534
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 251
  • ID: 9780300065534
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 0300065531

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