Victor Hugo, romancier de l'abîme
New Studies on Hugo's Novels

Edited by J. A. Hiddleston

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 May 2002  •  236pp

ISBN: 1-900755-58-0 (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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For a long time, Victor Hugo's novels attracted little critical attention in spite of their obvious power and uniqueness. In recent years, however, scholars have returned to Notre-Dame de Paris, Les Misérables, Les Travailleurs de la mer, Quatrevingt-treize and L'Homme qui rit, uncovering the diversity, the thematic and narrative singularity, the shifting ironies and resistance to interpretative closure of works once judged simplistic and based upon `une sagesse abrégée'. The eleven essays in this volume bring together various critical approaches from eminent French, British and American scholars, to provide a new point of departure and to provoke discussion. The contributors range from the most distinguished specialists with world-wide reputations to young scholars at the beginning of their career who none the less have challenging and original things to say about a fascinating and unjustly neglected subject.

J. A. Hiddleston is Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Exeter College.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is a fascinating collection, revealing complexities and shifting sands in place of the stark dichotomies once associated with Hugo's novels... clearly demonstrates a rich seam of interest for the twenty-first-century reader. A thought-provoking volume indeed!’ — Monica Nurnberg, Modern Language Review 99.1, 2004, 204-5 (full text online)

Contents:

1-3
Introduction
J. A. Hiddleston
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4-22
Politics, Family and the Authorial Preconscious in Hugo's Han d'Islande and Bug-Jargal
Laurence Porter
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23-40
L'Intertextualité du Dernier Jour d'un condamné
Frank Bowman
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41-62
Notre-Dame de Paris as Cinema: From Myth to Commodity
Rachel Killick
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63-78
Circonscription de l'abîme
Jacques Seebacher
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79-94
'The Dawn of a Hope so Horrible': Javert and the Absurd
Fiona Cox
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95-118
Genèse des formes. Textes et dessins autour des Travailleurs de la mer
Delphine Gleizes
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119-136
'Pleine mer, Plein ciel': The Wave of the Future in Les Travailleurs de la mer
Kathryn M. Grossman
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137-155
L'Art du costume: L'Homme qui rit ou le drame de l'apparence
Elise Noetinger
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156-178
Alternance et adhérence des contraires dans Quatrevingt-Treize
Yves Gohin
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179-195
Victor Hugo rôdeur de barrières et de frontières
Christopher Thompson
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196-212
Suicide in the Novels of Victor Hugo
J. A. Hiddleston
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Bibliography entry:

Hiddleston, J. A. (ed.), Victor Hugo, romancier de l'abîme: New Studies on Hugo's Novels (Cambridge: Legenda, 2002)

First footnote reference: 35 Victor Hugo, romancier de l'abîme: New Studies on Hugo's Novels, ed. by J. A. Hiddleston (Cambridge: Legenda, 2002), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Hiddleston, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Hiddleston, J. A. (ed.). 2002. Victor Hugo, romancier de l'abîme: New Studies on Hugo's Novels (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Hiddleston 2002: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Hiddleston 2002: 21.

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