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The Melodramatic Imagination

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The Melodramatic Imagination

Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess

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The Melodramatic Imagination by Peter Brooks
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In this lucid and fascinating book, Peter Brooks argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the nineteenth century, he moves on to Balzac and Henry James to show how these "realist" novelists created fiction using the rhetoric and excess of melodrama - in particular its secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film.
Release date Australia
January 2nd, 1996
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
251
Dimensions
159x241x21
ISBN-13
9780300065534
Product ID
2368992

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