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Figuring Transcendence in Les Miserables

Hugo's Romantic Sublime



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Figuring Transcendence in Les Miserables by Kathryn M. Grossman
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First published in 1994, Figuring Transcendence in "Les Mis rables" is a book-length study of Victor Hugo's Les Mis rables. Kathryn M. Grossman's authoritative command of Hugo's work and Hugo criticism enables her to situate the novelist's masterpiece in relation both to his earlier novels--up to and including Notre-Dame de Paris--and to the poetry published during his exile under the Second Empire. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur's theory of metaphor and on Thomas Weiskel's analysis of the romantic sublime, Grossman illustrates how the novel's motifs and structures correspond to a closely connected set of ethical, spiritual, political, and aesthetic concerns.

Author Biography

Kathryn M. Grossman is Professor of French at Pennsylvania State University and the author of The Later Novels of Victor Hugo: Variations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence and "Les Mis rables" Conversion, Revolution, Redemption.
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July 24th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Pennsylvania State University Press
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