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The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel

Jennifer Yee


The Colonial Comedy demonstrates that the colonies play a role at a distance even in the most metropolitan texts of the French realist and naturalist canon. The presence of the colonies offstage is apparent in what Edward Said called ‘geographical notations’ of race and imperialism, such as imported objects, colonial merchandise, and individuals whose colonial experience is transformative. The realist novel registers the presence of the emerging global world-system through networks of importation, financial speculation, and immigration as well as direct colonial violence and power structures. ... More

Keywords: Realism, postcolonialism, colonialism, Naturalism, Orientalism, exoticism, world-system, capitalism, metonymy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Yee, author
University of Oxford (Christ Church)