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The novel as a genre, since its origins, has been limited by its necessary devotion to human imperfection. The novel aims at the dimension of ordinary existence, often through romantic adventures written in a style between the sublime and the common. Sylvie Thorel-Cailleteau’s new history of the novel demonstrates how this art of the mediocre took shape, bound to the practice of prose, in various forms. Although in its classic acceptation mediocrity meant that a work suited a chosen audience, it came to merge with a vulgarity or triteness from which nineteenth-century novelists attempted to extract beauty. The novel evolved from simply depicting that which is simply human to representing the defeat of the very values that it had expressed, demonstrating our mortal condition. Rather than spinning consoling stories, it raised, as in Beckett’s last works, a voice of gloom.

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Splendeurs de la médiocrité : une idée du roman

Splendeurs de la médiocrité : une idée du roman

The novel as a genre, since its origins, has been limited by its necessary devotion to human imperfection. The novel aims at the dimension of ordinary existence, often through romantic adventures written in a style between the sublime and the common...

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Title Splendeurs de la médiocrité : une idée du roman
Edition First Edition
By (author) Sylvie THOREL-CAILLETEAU
ISSN 0073-2397
Issue 442
Language Français
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 03/1/2008
 
Format Paperback/softback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-01183-9
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600011839
Reference no. 15-442
Publication Date 03/1/2008
Nb of pages 0 - 256
Dimensions 15.2 x 22.200001 cm
Weight 493 gr
 
Format PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-11183-6
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600111836
Reference no. 15-442-pdf
Publication Date
Nb of pages 00
 
Format Paperback/softback + PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-21183-3
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600211833
Reference no. 15-442-lot
Publication Date
Nb of pages 00
Dimensions 15.2 x 22.200001 cm
Weight 493 gr
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