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Viols naturalistes : « commune histoire » ou « épouvantable aventure » ?

Abstract : There is a good deal of rape in naturalist fiction. But what is presented as an inevitable fact of life for women does not lead to actual stories in most narratives. Unlike the anecdotes, melodrama, serialized novels and romance fiction of the nineteenth century, naturalism offsets the pathetic and the dramas that characterize the literature of rape. The issue, in fact, is to present it as a “shared history”, whose conditions and reasons are rooted in deterministic explanations which tend, finally, to subtract rape from scandal. Zola, however, through his own specific development, discovers during the course of the Rougon-Macquart a certain taste for scandal and “dramatic” rape, which he attempts to formulate and evaluate in sometimes risqué storylines.
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Chantal Pierre. Viols naturalistes : « commune histoire » ou « épouvantable aventure » ?. Tangence, Département des lettres et humanités de l'Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), 2017, pp.61-78. ⟨10.7202/1041073ar⟩. ⟨hal-03290346⟩



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