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    DescriptionThis text argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the 1800s, the author looks at Balzac and Henry James, to show how these realist novelists created fiction using rhetoric and excess of melodrama.


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    Title
    The Melodramatic Imagination
    Subtitle
    Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Brooks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 251
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300065534
    ISBN 10: 0300065531
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH, AN
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    B&T General Subject: 670
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 153
    BISAC V2.8: PSY034000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, 2ADF
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 809.91
    B&T Approval Code: A23506050
    DC22: 809.33
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    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSK, DSBH, ATD, DSBF
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    02 January 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Back cover copy
    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.