The Melodramatic Imagination
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The Melodramatic Imagination : Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess

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This 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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  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0300065531
  • 9780300065534
  • 224,348

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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.

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