Emile Zola: The persuit of "Truth"

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Abstract

Emile Zola (1840-1902) occupies a distinctive (and distinguished) place in the great tradition of French ccitical-realist ficrion. The naturalist emphasi on integrity of repre­sentation opened the novel up co a new realm of subjects: the realities of working-class life, class relations, sexualfry, and the body; and a new freedom of expression in their depiction. The attacks Zola sustained throughout his career for his purported obsession with "filth" were largely political in nature - attempt by the esrablishmenr to discredit bim. He wa a reformist, not a revolutionary, and the denuncjacion of social injustice and hypocrisy embodied in his fiction is implicit, bounded by the naturalise ae rheti of "objeccivicy"; but it is no less eloquent for being implicit - Zola never stopped being a danger to the established order
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to World Literature
Subtitle of host publication1771 to 1919
EditorsFrieda Ekotto, Abigail E. Celis
Place of PublicationHoboken NJ USA
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter45
Pages2469-2479
Number of pages11
Volume4
ISBN (Print)9781118993187
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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