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The Novels of Worldliness:
Crebillon, Marivaux, Laclos, Stendhal
Peter Brooks

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Contending that a search for "realism" distorts the writing of Crébillon, Marivaux, Laclos, and Stendahl, Peter Brooks considers their novels with reference to the manner in which the characters explore their worth and pursue their own systems of relationships. The novels discussed are used as examples of the fictional exploitation of the drama inherent in man's social existence and the encounters of personal styles within the framework and code provided by a coterie which is an object of conscious cultivation for its own sake. The author gives detailed readings of the four authors’ works and moves backward to consider the seventeenth-century moralistes and the drawing rooms in which literary forms applied to social man were eloquently elaborated.

Originally published in 1969.

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Table of Contents:

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Foreword, pg. vii
  • Contents, pg. ix
  • Introduction, pg. 1
  • 1. Crébillon, Duclos, and the Experience of Worldliness, pg. 11
  • 2. The Proper Study of Mankind, pg. 44
  • 3. Marianne in the World, pg. 94
  • 4. Alceste, Julie, Clarissa, pg. 142
  • 5. Les Liaisons dangereuses, pg. 172
  • 6. Stendhal and the Styles of Worldliness, pg. 219
  • Epilogues to Worldliness, pg. 279
  • Index, pg. 289

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