How and why did the French Romantics turn to narrative fiction as a means of engaging with their generation's ever-shifting history? This chapter looks at three of France's most iconic writers -- whose work has too often been connected in biographical rather than critical terms -- to stress the interaction between Romantic imagination and Realist observation that enabled the novel to become the dominant literary genre of the nineteenth century. Hugo, Balzac, and Dumas bring new depths to the novel form in their recognition of its capacity for pensive sobriety and social commentary, while at the same time celebrating its aptitude for the fizz and froth of popular spectacle.
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Jan 2016|
- Victor Hugo
- Alexandre Dumas