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L'Interdiction, or, Balzac on the margins of law and realism

Abstract:

Honoré de Balzac’s 1836 novella L'Interdiction is the story of a wife's attempt to have her husband declared legally incompetent by reason of insanity, and of an idealistic juge d'instruction's investigation of her request. In a procedurally detailed recounting of the investigation, Balzac reflects on the law's role alongside other discourses of authority in defining and adjudicating normal and abnormal behaviour. The eventual discovery that the husband is sane and that the wife's motives in ...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/17521483.2017.1320035

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Department:
New College
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Law and Humanities Journal website
Volume:
11
Issue:
1
Pages:
24-43
Publication date:
2017-06-12
Acceptance date:
2017-02-18
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EISSN:
1752-1491
ISSN:
1752-1483
Pubs id:
pubs:680712
URN:
uri:01cba25d-863a-4b8e-8b56-f2f719deeb23
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uuid:01cba25d-863a-4b8e-8b56-f2f719deeb23
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pubs:680712

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