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The Melodramatic Imagination : Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess
by Peter Brooks




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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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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780300065534
  • ISBN-10: 0300065531
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publish Date: November 1995
  • Page Count: 251
  • Dimensions: 9.11 x 6.05 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.99 pounds


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