The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel
Enfants de la presse

Kate Rees

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

26 February 2018  •  246pp

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The French fin de siècle witnessed a sharpening of the battle between literature and journalism, with literary authors increasingly seeking to distinguish their writings from the ‘mere’ reportage of journalists. Technological innovations, massive improvements in the literacy rate and the lifting of government censorship contributed to the extraordinary flourishing of the press. Parisian mass publications almost tripled their circulation between 1880 and 1914, with content becoming more news-driven and sensational, and layout more striking. In response, the novel of the period represents the figure of the journalist in changing and ambiguous ways, variously perceiving reporter-characters as scurrilous, opportunistic, dynamic and heroic, while echoing and parodying techniques of reportage. Through original readings of texts by writers including the canonical literary figures Zola and Maupassant, popular authors Jules Verne and Gaston Leroux, and novelist and media ‘darling’ Marcelle Tinayre, Kate Rees evaluates the fictional response to the increasingly powerful domain of journalism. She charts literary reaction to developments in the press, such as the rise of the foreign correspondent, the popularity of crime reporting and the growth of publications aimed at women.

Kate Rees is Lecturer in French at Oriel College, Oxford.

Reviews:

  • ‘L’ouvrage de Rees est donc intéressant et riche, on ne peut qu’en recommander la lecture. Il constitue une excellente synthèse de la recherche en direction du public anglophone, tout en apportant son propre regard sur les représentations du journalisme.’ — Guillaume Pinson, French Studies 73.2, April 2019, 312 (full text online)
  • ‘An excellent new analysis of the figure of the journalist in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French fiction. It will be a significant guide for future studies of the French press and the French journalist, and it serves as a reminder of the historical importance of journalists and the press, especially in today’s world of “fake news” campaigns and anti- media attacks that aim to silence the essential role of journalists in our society.’ — Juliette M. Rogers, H-France 19.70, May 2019
  • ‘Kate Rees’s fine new monograph takes us into a world both strange and familiar: magazine and newspaper publishing in the Belle Époque... Rees produces rich and detailed readings of all the texts she considers, unfolding their complexities with great subtlety while drawing in ideas from fields as diverse as phenomenology and remediation theory. A substantial and significant research content has been orchestrated with a sure touch, resulting in a monograph which will be of interest not only to dix-neuviémistes but to anyone concerned with the relationship between literature and journalism, and the latter’s role in shaping modern culture.’ — Emma Bielecki, Modern Language Review 115.3, July 2020, 729-30 (full text online)

Contents:

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The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel: The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel
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Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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Abbreviations
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Maupassant: Illusions, Echoes, Anxieties
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52-94
Chapter 2 Zola: Ambiguities, Battles, Jolts
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95-130
Chapter 3 Verne: Foreign Correspondence, Mimesis, and the Senses
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131-168
Chapter 4 Newspaper-Detectives: Reality, Fantasy, Banality
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169-213
Chapter 5 the Woman Journalist: Reportage, Romance, Écriture Féminine
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214-218
Conclusion
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Bibliography
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230-234
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Rees, Kate, The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel: Enfants de la presse (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Kate Rees, The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel: Enfants de la presse (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Rees, p. 47.

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Rees, Kate. 2018. The Journalist in the French Fin-de-siècle Novel: Enfants de la presse (Cambridge: Legenda)

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