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Le silence des fous chez Zola et Maupassant
The silence of the mad in the works of Zola and Maupassant

Author(s): Anna Kaczmarek-Wiśniewska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Instytut Filologii Romańskiej & Wydawnictwo Werset
Keywords: silence; madness; Zola; Maupassant

Summary/Abstract: It is difficult to define all the meanings and connotations of silence depicted in literary works. In the 19th century, where the Realism and the Naturalism paid much attention to the study of both physical and mental illnesses, silence was considered as one of the distinctive signs of madness. The paper analyzes four examples of this phenomenon in selected Zola’s and Maupassant’s texts (novels and short stories) whose characters, all mad or maniac, embody various aspects of the silence regarded as a pathological condition of a human being.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 73-81
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: French
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