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Two Distinguished Provincials at Paris

  • Zahra Tavassoli ZeaEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)

Abstract

This chapter posits the inseparability of body and soul as Balzac’s fundamental premise when composing The Human Comedy. It demonstrates the novelist and Rohmer’s corresponding views on the notion of morality and freedom by analysing the latter’s perspective on Alfred Hitchcock. It also clarifies the differences between nineteenth-century realist literature and the American novel to better situate Rohmer’s literary influences in the immediate post-war period, through excerpts from his one and only novel Élisabeth. By drawing parallels on Balzac and Maurice Schérer’s childhood and career struggles, it maintains that their vocations as novelist and filmmaker became a means to develop a research methodology that thinks the world as a whole. Further comparisons between Balzac and Rohmer (e.g. Le Signe du Lion vs. The Magic Skin) elaborate on the modern dynamics between vice and virtue and re-assess the two authors’ views on the value of money and natural resources.

Keywords

Balzac Rohmer Hitchcock Morality Unity Money Countryside 

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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLondonUK

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