- Paperback: 251 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (November 29, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300065531
- ISBN-13: 978-0300065534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Melodramatic Imagination: Balzac, Henry James, Melodrama, and the Mode of Excess Reprint Edition
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In this lucid and fascinating book, Peter Brooks argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the nineteenth century, he moves on to Balzac and Henry James to show how these "realist" novelists created fiction using the rhetoric and excess of melodrama - in particular its secularized conflicts of good and evil, salvation and damnation. The Melodramatic Imagination has become a classic work for understanding theater, fiction, and film.
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