Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale | 52 | 2018

« Un cœur désolé, une santé dévastée »
La représentation de la femme souffrante dans l’œuvre en prose de Barbey d’Aurevilly

Ilaria Giacometti
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
ila.giacometti@gmail.com

DOI 10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/008

Submitted 22 May 2018
Accepted 11 Jul 2018

Abstract

Although Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly has always been an enemy of Naturalism and its theoretical assumptions, he had to deal with the presentation rules of the ‘clinical’ romance while describing his characters’ suffering bodies. On the one hand, the physiognomy theories, very dear to Balzac, enrich Barbey’s modes of expression and justify the analogy between body and soul; on the other, it is not possible to describe the characters’ bodies and to reveal the mystery behind them. Despite this, the lack of psychological analysis in the récit is compensated by metaphorical characterisation: indeed, similes, metaphors, antithesis and oxymorons enrich the description of characters revealing their main passions and features. The aim of this article is to show, by means of the text analysis of some passages, that the realistic details of descriptions are not vain if related to their metaphorical meaning and that, in so doing, the author overcomes the impasse of the rational scientific observation and the physiognomic interpretation.

Keywords
Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly. Metaphor. 19th century. Novel. Bodies.

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Giacometti Ilaria

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« Un cœur désolé, une santé dévastée »

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Journal Article

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fr

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/008

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Although Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly has always been an enemy of Naturalism and its theoretical assumptions, he had to deal with the presentation rules of the ‘clinical’ romance while describing his characters’ suffering bodies. On the one hand, the physiognomy theories, very dear to Balzac, enrich Barbey’s modes of expression and justify the analogy between body and soul; on the other, it is not possible to describe the characters’ bodies and to reveal the mystery behind them. Despite this, the lack of psychological analysis in the récit is compensated by metaphorical characterisation: indeed, similes, metaphors, antithesis and oxymorons enrich the description of characters revealing their main passions and features. The aim of this article is to show, by means of the text analysis of some passages, that the realistic details of descriptions are not vain if related to their metaphorical meaning and that, in so doing, the author overcomes the impasse of the rational scientific observation and the physiognomic interpretation.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

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Vol. 52 | Num. 1 | Settembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-09-28

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2018-05-22

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2018-07-11

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2499-2232

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2499-1562

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly

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Metaphor

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19th century

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Novel

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Bodies

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