"Kuchenne schody" Emila Zoli. Historia obyczajowości po wielkich przewrotach
"Kuchenne schody" by Emil Zola. The history of morals after great revolutions

Author(s): Agnieszka Rozpłochowska-Boniatowska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego

Summary/Abstract: The very text, the formal basis of which constitutes the analysis of "Kuchenne schody", the tenth volume of a big novel cycle by Rougon-Macquart constitutes an attempt to multiply Emil Zola and present one more dimension of the very author and his work; no longer denied dignity and faith of spoil painter and naturalist eliminated by theoreticians, but a piercing diagnostician in a generation contemporary to him deciphering correctly reflections of decadence. This time, decadence is not marked aristocracy, as one may presume, but middle class and bourgeois in the most bourgeois version. In Zola’s works former heroes of resolution suddenly transform into immoralists avid for the consumption in whom a feverish pursuit of pleasures is merely a form of concealing satiety and spiritual exhaustion of characters.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1 (1)
  • Page Range: 63-70
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish