This paper analyses the ideological dimension of Balzac’s La Fille aux yeux d’or (Girl with the Golden Eyes). First of all, erotic and political themes are both articulated by the image of the Orient. Then, the attraction for a brutal form of absolutism, which lies beneath the pages of the novel, is linked to the initial portrait of Paris, which carries the author’s social anxieties. In this portrait, Balzac shows how an autonomous system of concentration of capital functions so as to dispossess man of his initiative and of his possibilities of bettering himself. This can explain the seduction autocratic power exercises in the novel as a means of reinstating the individual’s power over the system, as well as the paradoxical dynamic between omnipotence and powerlessness characteristic of the Thirteen. The deep relationship between the novel’s prologue and the rest is demonstrated anew and more surely still.

Quand le « rêve asiatique » de l’amour rencontre le rêve autocratique : le creuset de "La Fille aux yeux d’or"

SILVESTRI, AGNESE
2016-01-01

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This paper analyses the ideological dimension of Balzac’s La Fille aux yeux d’or (Girl with the Golden Eyes). First of all, erotic and political themes are both articulated by the image of the Orient. Then, the attraction for a brutal form of absolutism, which lies beneath the pages of the novel, is linked to the initial portrait of Paris, which carries the author’s social anxieties. In this portrait, Balzac shows how an autonomous system of concentration of capital functions so as to dispossess man of his initiative and of his possibilities of bettering himself. This can explain the seduction autocratic power exercises in the novel as a means of reinstating the individual’s power over the system, as well as the paradoxical dynamic between omnipotence and powerlessness characteristic of the Thirteen. The deep relationship between the novel’s prologue and the rest is demonstrated anew and more surely still.
Cet article explore la dimension idéologique de La Fille aux yeux d’or de Balzac. Il montre d’abord comment le thème érotique et le thème politique s’articulent autour de l’image de l’Orient. Ensuite, il met en relation l’attrait pour un absolutisme brutal, qui sous-tend les pages du roman, avec le tableau parisien initial, porteur des hantises sociales de l’auteur. Dans ce tableau, Balzac montre le fonctionnement d’un système autonome de concentration de l’argent qui dépossède l’homme de son initiative et de ses possibilités d’ascension sociale. Cela peut expliquer la séduction qu’exerce dans le roman le pouvoir autocratique en tant que moyen pour rétablir la prépondérance de l’individu sur le système, ainsi que la paradoxale dynamique entre omnipotence et impuissance des Treize. Le lien profond entre le prologue et le reste du roman n’en est que rendu plus certain.
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