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

by Peter Brooks

  • ISBN: 9780300065534
  • ISBN10: 0300065531

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

by Peter Brooks

  • List Price: $30.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780300065534
  • ISBN10: 0300065531
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Description: 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 secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film.
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