Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Later Novels of Victor HugoVariations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kathryn M. Grossman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642953.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 16 October 2019

Romanticism and Utopia: Quatrevingt-Treize and Endless Revolution

Romanticism and Utopia: Quatrevingt-Treize and Endless Revolution

Chapter:
(p.173) 4 Romanticism and Utopia: Quatrevingt-Treize and Endless Revolution
Source:
The Later Novels of Victor Hugo
Author(s):

Kathryn M. Grossman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642953.003.0005

Chapter 4 turns to Hugo’s Quatrevingt-Treize (1874), a meditation on the French Revolution composed in the wake of the bloody Paris Commune. Set in both Paris and Brittany during the Reign of Terror, the text explores the question of violence in the service of revolutionary ideals, thereby completing Hugo’s lifelong reflections on the sublime and the grotesque. Three generations fight for their divergent visions of the nation’s past, present, and future in the exotic, unchartered terrain of north-west France. But Hugo’s play on space and time contains not just a political but also a personal element. The poet’s intertextual dialogue with his celebrated British counterparts now includes his Victorian contemporary, Charles Dickens, as well. The novel’s reply to A Tale of Two Cities provides insights into Hugo’s singular conception of the role of poetry in shaping his narrative and the future French republic alike

Keywords:   Quatrevingt-Treize, Reign of Terror, French Revolution, exoticism, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, vision, poetry

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .