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By Allan H. Pasco

ISBN-10: 3319393324

ISBN-13: 9783319393322

ISBN-10: 3319393332

ISBN-13: 9783319393339

Melding the fields of literature, sociology, and heritage, this ebook develops analyses of the 10 novels in Balzac's Scènes de l. a. vie de province. Following the order of the novels projected in La Comédie humaine, Allan H. Pasco investigates how Balzac used artwork as a device of social inquiry to acquire startlingly exact insights into the relationships that outlined his turbulent society. His repeated declare to be an "historian of manners" used to be greater than an empty boast. even though Balzac was once at the beginning an excellent novelist, he was once additionally a trailblazing sociologist, becoming a member of Henri de Saint-Simon and the next Auguste Comte in contemplating the relationships that symbolize society as an interacting, interlocking internet. utilizing a strategy that mixes shut research with a vast cultural context, Pasco demonstrates that Balzac's sociological imaginative and prescient was once terribly pertinent to either his and our days.

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The Scènes de la vie de province are prototypical as well. The first half of these scènes, from Ursule Mirouët through La Muse du département (The Muse of the Department), are organized around the repulsion of foreigners, of strangers, usually from Paris, in order to maintain an indigenous monopoly. Without exception, the novels portray rival groups of provincials that band together at some point to repel the outsider, all for the purpose of retaining any inheritance or advantage within the community.

Henri de Saint-Simon enthusiastically believed he was providing increasingly satisfactory understanding of the social system. “It is a lot to know the reason for the things that successively preceded us,” he writes, “since it provides the means of discovering what will come” (Mémoire 256). During the first half of the nineteenth century, extraordinary minds like SaintSimon, Balzac, and, eventually, Auguste Comte carried on the work of Vicq-d’Azyr, Cabanis, Bichat, and Condorcet in the attempt to find the underlying, nuclear concept that would explain this incredibly tumultuous society.

7–8nn4–5). All felt that similar, analogous “fragments” could stimulate the observant student both to join the individual pieces productively and fill in the empty spaces. In this way, the great naturalists were able to reconstruct prehistoric animals from a fossilized bone or two. 47 He expected to join with his readers and reconstruct reality from the dispersed fragments he was able to envisage in the creative process that requires collection, analysis, synthesis, and invention. His examination of the cultural content, the connections, and the social ebb and flow of his era took on a distinctly sociological viewpoint as he detailed the interpersonal causes, effects, problems, and potential remedies.

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