Tentatives d’évasion? Jules Verne, des topoï réalistes à la recherche d’un genre nouveau


There is no shortage of flights and evasions in Jules Verne’s novels. The most spectacular of these is undoubtedly that of the novelistic writing itself, which quickly deviates from the conventions formed most notably by Balzac. In between a confirmation of literary heritage and a desire for emancipation from the same, the writing of Paris au XXe siècle and Cinq semaines en ballon bears witness to Verne’s renegotiation of the realist rulebook at the beginning of his career as a novelist. Through a tripartite displacement of the realist narrative towards the extraordinary, the scientific, and the spaces abroad, Verne found his own vein.  (In French)

Christèle Couleau
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