The Melodramatic Imagination : Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess, Paperback Book

The Melodramatic Imagination : Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama and the Mode of Excess Paperback

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9780300065534

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