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Buying the story: transaction and narrative value in Balzac, Dostoevsky and Zola

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This thesis explores narrative as a self-reflexive commentary on the conditions of its own production. It argues that the need for narratives to perform economic functions, such as to provide an income for the author or to promote subscription to a host publication, affects how texts are written. It suggests that this approach is particularly suited to nineteenth-century prose fiction. It proposes a methodology for approaching this analysis based on treating the text as an exchange c...

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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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