« 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.
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