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Balzac's Shorter Fictions: Genesis and Genre

Tim Farrant


Balzac's reputation is as a novelist. But short stories make up over half La Comédie humaine, in addition to scores of other tales and articles. Short forms appear early in Balzac's output, and shape his work throughout his career. This book looks at the whole of this corpus, at the nature of short fiction, and at how Balzac's novels developed from his stories — at the links between literary genesis and genre. It explores the roles of short fiction in Balzac' s creation, its part in producing effects of virtuality and perspective, and reflects ultimately on the relationship between brevity and ... More

Keywords: Balzac, La Comedie humaine, virtuality, perspective, short stories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Farrant, author
Fellow and Tutor and CUF Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford
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