Reading beyond gender in Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames, L’Argent, and La Joie de vivre

Maddison, S. (2024) Reading beyond gender in Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames, L’Argent, and La Joie de vivre. Dix-Neuf, (doi: 10.1080/14787318.2024.2306013) (Early Online Publication)

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Much has been said about how Émile Zola uses fragmented corporeality and subjectivity in Au Bonheur des Dames (1883) to critique the implications of modern commerce for women. Comparatively little attention has been paid to the fact that Zola attributes the same features to male experiences of modernity in L'Argent (1891). Through an ecocritical analysis that moves beyond the gendered dimensions of individual novels, this article compares the crowds of Au Bonheur des Dames and L'Argent to the coastal narrative of La Joie de vivre (1884) – re-evaluating Zola's use of aquatic imagery while examining the equally intriguing recurrence of dust.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maddison, Ms Sophie
Authors: Maddison, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Journal Name:Dix-Neuf
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1478-7318
Published Online:12 February 2024
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2024 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in Dix-Neuf 2024
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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