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Tough love, hard bargains: rape and coercion in Balzac

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This article explores representations of rape in the fiction of Honoré de Balzac, in an attempt to understand how both the event and the threat of rape acquire a peculiar and distinct significance in Balzac’s writing. A distinction is made between the simplistic depictions of rape in Balzac’s earlier “Romantic” novels, and its complex signifying potential in the more developed Realist period. There, rape appears first as a form of homosocial communication; then as a performance which might be...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1353/ncf.2007.0073

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Medieval and Modern Lang Fac, French
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Nineteenth Century French Studies Journal website
Volume:
36
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
61-71
Publication date:
2007
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ISSN:
0146-7891
URN:
uuid:da0b35c8-e9df-496b-be88-bd39e59fd836
Source identifiers:
612688
Local pid:
pubs:612688

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