Self, Language and the Social in the Writings of Jules Valles (1833-1885): The Jacques Vingtras Trilogy (Studies in French Literature)

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This study offers a different and original reading of the Jacques Vingtras Trilogy, contributing a deeper comprehension of the work on a psychological, social, and literary plane. New dimensions of the text are explored using Girard's concept of desire and Lacanaian thought in an analysis of the protagonist's Self. The power of discourse, both verbal and non-verbal, is illustrated as exerting the various forms of social control portrayed in the trilogy. Finally, a look at the unresolved question of classifying Valles' writing shows that he created a full or global view of his subject through the combination of both internal and external realism.

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Robin McArthur Long is assistant professor of French at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. She has published on nineteenth and twentieth-century French and Spanish literature. Her current research interest is Jules Valles.

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"... promotes Valles' work with passion, persuasively highlighting the relevance of his writing to readers around the world in the twenty-first century.... addresses an academic audience, exploring new readings of the trilogy with reference to a number of critical theorists. However, she adopts a fresh, personal approach, writing unashamedly from the perspective of a twenty-first century North American... concentrates on the trilogy as text, and on the relationship between the author, his narrator and the creative process of writing....she investigates the relation of subject and self the manipulation of memory in the creation of identity, and the interplay of different discourses in the text. In forefronting the text itself and the universal dimensions of Valles work, she makes her writing accessible to a wide contemporary audience." - Pamela M. Moores, Aston University, United Kingdom"

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