The Melodramatic Imagination : Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess Paperback
by Peter Brooks
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 251 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 02/01/1996
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9780300065534