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Adultery and the Rumor Mill: les bourgeois de Molinchart and El gran galeoto

Elizabeth Amann UGent (2013) NEOHELICON. 40(1). p.183-197
abstract
This article seeks to challenge interpretations of the adultery plot as a subversive current in nineteenth-century literature by examining two texts that are often dismissed by contemporary critics: Les bourgeois de Molinchart (1854), a novel by the French writer Champfleury (the pseudonym of Jules Husson), and El gran Galeoto (1881), a play by the Spanish playwright Jos, Echegaray. In each of these works, the rumor of the adultery precedes and to a large extent precipitates the infidelity at the end of the work. In committing adultery, therefore, the protagonists are not rising up against social norms so much as capitulating to the expectations of society, enacting a plot that has been projected upon them. The essay compares and contrasts the treatment of the rumor mill in the two works and examines the literary strategies that the writers use to undercut a transgressive reading of the infidelity plot.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
journal title
NEOHELICON
Neohelicon
volume
40
issue
1
pages
183 - 197
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000319360200014
ISSN
0324-4652
DOI
10.1007/s11059-013-0178-9
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2974950
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2974950
date created
2012-08-27 07:35:01
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:13:03
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  journal      = {NEOHELICON},
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  title        = {Adultery and the Rumor Mill: les bourgeois de Molinchart and El gran galeoto},
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  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2013},
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Chicago
Amann, Elizabeth. 2013. “Adultery and the Rumor Mill: Les Bourgeois De Molinchart and El Gran Galeoto.” Neohelicon 40 (1): 183–197.
APA
Amann, E. (2013). Adultery and the Rumor Mill: les bourgeois de Molinchart and El gran galeoto. NEOHELICON, 40(1), 183–197.
Vancouver
1.
Amann E. Adultery and the Rumor Mill: les bourgeois de Molinchart and El gran galeoto. NEOHELICON. 2013;40(1):183–97.
MLA
Amann, Elizabeth. “Adultery and the Rumor Mill: Les Bourgeois De Molinchart and El Gran Galeoto.” NEOHELICON 40.1 (2013): 183–197. Print.