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The Later Novels of Victor Hugo: Variations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence

Kathryn M. Grossman


This study places the last three novels of Victor Hugo’s maturity—Les Travailleurs de la mer (1866), L’Homme qui rit (1869), and Quatrevingt-Treize (1874)—within the context of his artistic development after the success of Les Misérables (1862). Situating these historical narratives in relation to each other, to all of Hugo’s previous fiction, and to a number of poetic and critical works published in exile and in the initial years of the Third Republic, it illuminates the final structural and thematic shifts from a poetics of harmony to one of transcendence. As in Les Misérables, the disharmon ... More

Keywords: poetic discourse, metaphor, Romantic sublime, historical narrative, apocalyptic vision, political ideal, transcendence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn M. Grossman, author
Professor of French, Penn State University