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Balzac and the African Explorer: Cognitive Mapping of the faubourg Saint-Germain

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A fresh reading of Balzac’s La Duchesse de Langeais (1834) reveals that the geography of African exploration, and of Andalusia as a liminal space between Europe and Africa, are mapped onto the geography of Paris. The class boundaries that separate the aristocratic faubourg Saint-Germain from the rest of Paris make its conquest, in the synecdochic form of the Duchess’s heart, as problematic as the exploration of central Africa from which the protagonist Montriveau has just returned. A spatial ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1353/ncf.2017.0003

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Department:
Christ Church
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Nineteenth Century French Studies Journal website
Volume:
45
Issue:
3
Pages:
163-178
Publication date:
2017-05-24
Acceptance date:
2016-08-03
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ISSN:
0146-7891
Pubs id:
pubs:637280
URN:
uri:3ddaecca-7e6d-4a34-8ac2-0d4b5919b3de
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3ddaecca-7e6d-4a34-8ac2-0d4b5919b3de
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pubs:637280

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