Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 May 2012

304 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199642953

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The Later Novels of Victor Hugo

Variations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence

Kathryn M. Grossman

  • The first book in English to consider all of Victor Hugo's novels from a unified critical perspective and to discuss in detail his engagement with canonical English authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Dickens
  • Illuminates the distinctive thematic and stylistic elements of Hugo's later fiction
  • Applies Paul Ricoeur's theories concerning metaphor, time, memory, and historical narrative to Hugo's lyrical historical novels
  • Explores Hugo's vibrant capacity for re-invention and experimentation, especially the fusion of figurative language and historical fiction in the wake of the huge success of Les Miserables

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