Imagination and Language: Collected Essays on Constant, Baudelaire, Nerval and Flaubert

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CUP Archive, 1981 M07 23 - 479 pages
Innumerable scholars have looked to Alison Fairlie for guidance in locating important areas for research and in choosing productive and provocative critical questions to ask about nineteenth-century French literature. These essays contain not simply practical guidance, but intellectual stimulus far richer than that provided by many of the full-length critical volumes that others have devoted to Constant, Baudelaire, Nerval and Flaubert. The essays in this volume, which was originally published in paperback in 1984, fall into four sharply characterised groups, one on each author. In each group, Alison Fairlie explores a recurrent set of critical problems and describes a series of exemplary encounters between language and the artistic imagination. Also containing a previously unpublished essay on Nerval and a bibliography of Professor Fairlie's critical writings, this is a volume readers of all kinds will find a work of exceptional depth and coherence.

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Contents

1966
28
le problème de lexpression 1968
61
Constants Adolphe read by Balzac and Nerval 1972
80
Framework as a suggestive art in Constants Adolphe
96
some remarks on variants
108
Some remarks on Baudelaires Poème du Haschisch 1952
129
Observations sur les Petits poèmes en prose 1967
150
Quelques remarques sur les Petits poèmes en prose 1968
164
The new Pléiade edition of Baudelaires complete works
262
An approach to Nerval 1961
271
Aspects of suggestion in Nerval 1965
288
Nerval et Richelet 1958
304
Flaubert et la conscience du réel 1967
325
Flaubert and the authors of the French Renaissance
338
Flaubert and some painters of his time 1974
355
Sentiments et sensations chez Flaubert 1974
422

Aspects of expression in Baudelaires art criticism
176
Reflections on the successive versions of Une Gravure
216
Mèneton la foule dans les ateliers? some remarks
228
Baudelaires correspondence 1974
250
quelques remarques sur
437
Select Bibliography
461
Index
471
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