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The poetics of restored time: Balzac, his age and the figure of Cuvier
Book Item (Buchkapitel, Lexikonartikel, jur. Kommentierung, Beiträge in Sammelbänden)
ID 4523110
Author(s) Marchal, Hugues
Author(s) at UniBasel Marchal, Hugues
Year 2019
Title The poetics of restored time: Balzac, his age and the figure of Cuvier
Editor(s) Bender, Niklas; Séginger, Gisèle
Book title Biological Time, Historical Time: Transfers and Transformations in 19th Century Literature
Publisher Brill Ropodi
Place of publication Leiden
Pages 223-240
ISSN/ISBN 978-90-04-38137-7 ; 978-90-04-38516-0
Series title Faux titre
Number 431
Keywords Balzac, Cuvier, restoration, poetics, biology, deep time
Abstract What poetics of restoration did Balzac have in mind when, in 1831, La Peau de chagrin ( The Wild Ass's Skin ) celebrated Georges Cuvier as the "greatest poet" of his century? Did the naturalist's attempts to resurrect extinct species provide an example which Balzac emulated in his own creation? One may attempt to unfold and better understand the complexity of the novelist's tribute to the scientist, by comparing this passage and other contemporary texts, which used or rejected Cuvier's model in order to define how history, architecture, archaeology, literature or politics should relate to the past.
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1163/9789004385160

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