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Johann Fischer, the naive instrument of Baron Hulot d'Ervy's Algerian machinations in La Cousine Bette (1846), commits suicide in an Oranian prison.
Jealousy is the passion that drives the title character in Balzac's La Cousine Bette.
Chapter 3 focuses on the queer figures at the centre of Le Cousin Pons and La Cousine Bette in order to investigate further his comprehension of the imbrication of economic history, and histories of family practices and sexuality.
Although the volume is conveniently divided into two sections, with one, entitled 'L'Auteur dans le texte', treating works such as Le Cousin Pons, La Cousine Bette, Le Pere Goriot, Le Cure de village, and Beatrix, and the other, entitled 'Illusions perdues ou la representation de la litterature', van Rossum-Guyon's concerns remain constant throughout: what is the Balzacian metatext as opposed to the Balzacian text, and what does the interplay between text and metatext contribute to a Balzacian hermeneutics?
Drawing on Lukacs and Jameson, who offer limited accounts of the feminine in Balzac's fiction, Moscovici then turns to the depiction of gender in La Cousine Bette, suggesting that Balzac's gendered spheres offer an opportunity for study of the expanding 19th-century French democracy.
Using Rousseau and Hegel as foils, Moscovici will study the emergence of different models of citizenship in the nineteenth century through her readings of Comte's General View of Positivism (1851-54), Balzac' s La Cousine Bette (1846), Sand's Indiana (1832), and Foucault's edition of the journal of the hermaphrodite Herculine Barbin (1860).
Balzac's last two masterpieces were La Cousine Bette (1846; Cousin Bette) and Le Cousin Pons (1847; Cousin Pons).
Among the best known of these novels are Les Chouans, Eug enie Grandet, Le Pere Goriot, La Recherche de l ' absolu (1834), Cesar Birotteau (1837), Le Cur e de village (1839), La Cousine Bette, The Country Doctor, and
Unexpectedly, discussion of La Cousine Bette is relegated to a footnote and Belenky instead concentrates primarily on his Memoires de deux jeunes mariees, Le Lys dans la vallee and Wann-Chlore in order to show how he effectively pathologises his jalouses by appropriating contemporary medical discourse on jealousy.
The following three chapters focus on the creation of figures of androgyny in Honore de Balzac's La Cousine Bette (1846), George Sand's Indiana(1832),and the journal of the hermaphrodite Herculine Barbin (1860).
La Cousine Bette is read as a novel of hysteria alongside lean-Louis Brachet's analysis of the phenomenon in his Traite de l'hysterie (both 1847), while the contemporary banning of certain episodes of Antoine Meray's La Part des femmes in the Fourierist periodical La Democratie pacifique is shown to use moral grounds as a cover for a government attack on an opposition newspaper.
Quoique la Cousine Bette partage certains traits vindicatifs avec Monte-Cristo, au premier chef l'acharnement occulte et outrancier, le roman realiste de Balzac (1846) ne lui permet pas de reussir dans son entreprise: elle sera broyee par la machine sociale qu'elle a tente d'utiliser a son avantage, tandis que la famille qu'elle s'efforce de saper l'est d'abord par les mutations historiques elles-memes.