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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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L'Attaque du moulin

L'Attaque du moulin

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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the opera, L'Attaque du Moulin. L'Attaque du Moulin was first published in 1880 as the lead-off novella to Les Soirées de Médan, an anthology of war stories by a group of young writers, including Maupassant, who had gathered around the naturalist banner — metaphorically and even almost literally, since Médan was the location of Zola's country home. It is argued that L'Attaque strikes a more precarious balance between symbol and strong melodramatic situations than either Le RÊve or Messidor. The allegory is more thoroughgoing in the latter, with its foundation that groans under the weight of a massive collection of symbolic leitmotifs.

Keywords:   Carvalho, Brunea, Zola, French opera, Le RÊve

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