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

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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 secularize ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published November 29th 1995 by Yale University Press
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A wonderful study.
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Brooks argues that melodrama--usually associated with low, simple tastes--actually influences higher realist fiction in the 19C.
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i read this during 9/11 in a course of the same name where the topic switched from sirk to cnn after the planes hit.
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Peter Brooks is the author of Henry James Goes to Paris, Realist Vision, Troubling Confessions, Reading for the Plot, The Melodramatic Imagination, and a number of other books, including the historical novel World Elsewhere. He taught for many years at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature, and currently is Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at Princeton.
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