Crébillon fils

techniques of the novel

Author: P. V. Conroy

Volume: 99

Series: SVEC

Publication Date: 1972

Pages: 238

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0184-5

Price: £35


I. Introduction: ‘Why Crébillon?’
II. Les Lettres de la marquise de M. au comte de R. (1732)
Single narrator: a one-sided correspondence
Two ‘free’ characters
The outside world
III. Les Egarements du cœur et de l’esprit(1736, 1738)
Double narrator: Erlebendes Ich and Erzählendes Ich
The three faces of Meilcour
A rogue’s progress
Symbolic decor: concentration in time and background
IV. Le Sopha, conte moral(1742)
The epic situation and the first-person narrator
Direct and indirect characterization
Ten vignettes become a single novel
V. Conclusion
VI. Bibliography

Voltaire Foundation

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