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

Peter Brooks

Anno: 1996
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 251 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 241 x 159 mm
Peso: 386 gr.
  • EAN: 9780300065534
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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.