The poetics of restored time: Balzac, his age and the figure of Cuvier

Marchal, Hugues. (2019) The poetics of restored time: Balzac, his age and the figure of Cuvier. In: Biological Time, Historical Time: Transfers and Transformations in 19th Century Literature. Leiden, pp. 223-240.

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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.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Französische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Neuere franz. und allg. Literaturwissenschaft (Marchal)
UniBasel Contributors:Marchal, Hugues G.
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Brill Ropodi
Series Name:Faux titre
Issue Number:431
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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