The Mother Figure in Emile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart: Literary Realism and the Quest for the Ideal Mother

The Mother Figure in Emile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart: Literary Realism and the Quest for the Ideal Mother

By: Susie Hennessy (editor)Hardback

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This work deals with Zola's realistic depiction of the effects of class, environment and heredity on his fictional women and the children they rear, providing insight into the difficulties facing mothers in late nineteenth-century France. The study of maternal figures in "Zola's Rougon-Macquart" reveals the extent to which the author's explicit goal of depicting reality is often accompanied by narration that casts doubt upon maternal behavior.

About Author

Susie Hennessy is Associate Professor of French and Coordinator of Foreign Languages at Missouri Western State University.

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Fertility and Heredity; 2. Motherhood as Alienation; 3. Mothers and Industrial Society; 4. Motherhood and Sacrifice; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773455214
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 164
  • ID: 9780773455214
  • ISBN10: 0773455213

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