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The European Roman d'Analyse: Unconsummated Love Stories from Boccaccio to Stendhal
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The European Roman d'Analyse: Unconsummated Love Stories from Boccaccio to Stendhal (Paperback)

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Through close readings of a selection of European novels and novellas written between 1340 and 1827, this study of "analytical fiction" examines how unconsummated love stories probe the frailty of self-knowledge. Tracing elements of what the French call the roman d'analyse in the works of Boccaccio, Marguerite de Navarre, Cervantes, Marie de Lafayette, Samuel Richardson, Jane Austen, and Stendhal, Adele Kudish discusses how the metaphor of unconsummated love is deployed to represent a fundamental lack of insight into the self.

Rather than depicting the mind as transparent, analytical fiction deals in the opacity of the mind. Narrators and characters are faced with deception, misprision, doubt, and confusion, leading to self-deception, jealousy, and crises of self. The European Roman d'Analyse reads such epistemological failures as symptoms of a more fundamental preoccupation with the human psyche as un-chartable and bizarre. In this way, the authors of romans d'analyse enact a larger philosophical project: an anatomy of the psyche wherein we are unable-or unwilling-to know ourselves.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 29/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781501373756  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Adele Kudish is Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, USA. She has published articles in Studies in Philology and The French Review, among others.

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