Reprint of 'realism: Model or mirage?' from Romance Studies, 1(1) (Winter 1982): 1-17

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This reprinted essay, written in 1982 by the co-founder of Romance Studies, examined different ways of considering realism, from Balzac, Stendhal, and Baudelaire to Flaubert, Zola, Robbe-Grillet, and Barthes. In it, Nelson questioned the assumptions underlying la nouvelle critique's denial of realism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-163
Number of pages11
JournalRomance Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Auerbach
  • Barthes
  • Flaubert
  • La nouvelle critique
  • Mimesis
  • Realism
  • Robbe-Grillet
  • Sarraute Stendhal
  • Zola

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