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Open Access 'Réprimer le désordre': Prostitution, Regulation and the Poetics of Realism in Balzac and Sand

This article examines the textual representation of the prostitute in two nineteenth-century French authors — Balzac and Sand. It argues that the trope of prostitution — with its links to concepts of control, regulation and power in Balzac's work, and subversion, disorder and liberation from repressive plot structures in Sand's — constitutes a privileged motif by which to read realism and its counter-discourses in the nineteenth century.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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