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Realist Vision

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Realist Vision explores the claim to represent the world “as it is.” Peter Brooks takes a new look at the realist tradition and its intense interest in the visual. Discussing major English and French novels and paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Brooks provides a lively and perceptive view of the realist project.
Centering each chapter on a single novel
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Harperac
Dec 04, 2013 Harperac rated it really liked it
Shelves: england, criticism, france
I found this book very engaging. It traces the emergence and evolution of realism in art and literature (mostly literature). At times, like the material being covered, it tends to the drab and the prosaic; there are a lot of plot summaries in this book. What insights there are - and there definitely are some - are somewhat tentative, not really comfortable with wild or metaphorical connections between things. I wonder if the author, Peter Brooks, chose his style to match his matter, or chose his ...more
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Nov 05, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
In a book concerned largely with the representation if reality in nineteenth century novelists and painters, it seems a little like slumming to begin with twenty-first century reality television, but Peter Brooks makes a convincing connection between the Kardashians and Flaubert. What we want of "reality" is vicarious experience. Brooks asks, "Why do we take pleasure in imitations and reproductions of things of our world?" My green plastic soldiers and cheap model-trains that never stayed on the ...more
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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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