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Figuring Transcendence in Les Misérables

Hugo’s Romantic Sublime

Kathryn M. Grossman

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376 pages
5.5" × 8.5"
2017

Figuring Transcendence in Les Misérables

Hugo’s Romantic Sublime

Kathryn M. Grossman

First published in 1994, Figuring Transcendence in “Les Misérables” is a book-length study of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Kathryn M. Grossman’s authoritative command of Hugo’s work and Hugo criticism enables her to situate the novelist’s masterpiece in relation both to his earlier novels—up to and including Notre-Dame de Paris—and to the poetry published during his exile under the Second Empire. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur’s theory of metaphor and on Thomas Weiskel’s analysis of the romantic sublime, Grossman illustrates how the novel’s motifs and structures correspond to a closely connected set of ethical, spiritual, political, and aesthetic concerns.

 

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First published in 1994, Figuring Transcendence in “Les Misérables” is a book-length study of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Kathryn M. Grossman’s authoritative command of Hugo’s work and Hugo criticism enables her to situate the novelist’s masterpiece in relation both to his earlier novels—up to and including Notre-Dame de Paris—and to the poetry published during his exile under the Second Empire. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur’s theory of metaphor and on Thomas Weiskel’s analysis of the romantic sublime, Grossman illustrates how the novel’s motifs and structures correspond to a closely connected set of ethical, spiritual, political, and aesthetic concerns.

Kathryn M. Grossman is Professor of French at Pennsylvania State University and the author of The Later Novels of Victor Hugo: Variations on the Politics and Poetics of Transcendence and “Les Misérables”: Conversion, Revolution, Redemption.

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