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Blague Hard! Vallès

WALTER REDFERN

in French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In all French dictionaries, blague means ‘bag’ (from Dutch balg, a sack), and secondarily, a joke. By association, blague came to signify windbag, joker. The blague is polysemous, jack-of-all-trades. ... More


Zola and the Dreyfus Affair

Maurice Samuels

in The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226397054
eISBN:
9780226399324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399324.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Chapter Four studies Émile Zola’s legendary support of the Jewish officer wrongly accused of treason in the 1890s, as well as Zola’s writing about Jews both before and after the Dreyfus Affair. ... More


The Sight of Death in Tolstoy

Sharon Cameron

in The Bond of the Furthest Apart: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226413907
eISBN:
9780226414232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226414232.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay engages two strains of Tolstoy’s writing. In the first, the sight of death is the foundation of ethical understanding; in the second, if ethical understanding is practiced, there is no ... More


The Last Gasp: L’Argent and the End of Socialism

Brian Price

in Neither God nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654611
eISBN:
9781452946177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Robert Bresson’s last film of his career, L’Argent, in which he makes the turn from Dostoevsky to Tolstoy. This turn is an evidence of Bresson’s sensitivity to a relation ... More


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