« Utopia Restoring the Fault and the Contradictions of the Novelistic Narrative : Balzac’s Le Curé de Village » – While considering the Revolution as a historical fault with harmful consequences, Balzac rethinks this traumatic experience by imagining ideal social organisations adapting to its effects and even exploiting them for the opportunities of social mobility and dynamisation unleashed by the Revolution itself. In Le Curé de village (1841), however, the convergence between utopia and the demands for realistic representation of the historical future, with its failures and imperfections, troubles and transforms the paradigms of the utopian genre. Concerns about the perpetuation of the collective project are thus raised, while the problem of the use of popular endowments and energies in society complicates the recurring structures in the narrative utopia.

L’utopie réparatrice de la faute et les contradictions du romanesque: "Le Curé de village" de Balzac

Agnese Silvestri
2021

Abstract

« Utopia Restoring the Fault and the Contradictions of the Novelistic Narrative : Balzac’s Le Curé de Village » – While considering the Revolution as a historical fault with harmful consequences, Balzac rethinks this traumatic experience by imagining ideal social organisations adapting to its effects and even exploiting them for the opportunities of social mobility and dynamisation unleashed by the Revolution itself. In Le Curé de village (1841), however, the convergence between utopia and the demands for realistic representation of the historical future, with its failures and imperfections, troubles and transforms the paradigms of the utopian genre. Concerns about the perpetuation of the collective project are thus raised, while the problem of the use of popular endowments and energies in society complicates the recurring structures in the narrative utopia.
Tout en considérant la Révolution comme une erreur historique aux conséquences néfastes, Balzac revisite cette expérience traumatique en imaginant des organisations sociales idéales qui s’adapteraient à ses effets et même les exploiteraient pour les opportunités de mobilité et de dynamisation sociale qu’elle a ouvertes. Dans Le Curé de village (1841), pourtant, la rencontre entre l’utopie et les exigences de représentation réaliste du devenir historique, avec ses inaboutissements et ses imperfections, perturbe les paradigmes du genre utopique et les transforme. Des inquiétudes pèsent ainsi sur la continuation du projet communautaire, tandis que le problème de l’utilisation dans la société des talents et des énergies populaires complexifie les structures récurrentes dans l’utopie narrative.
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