Victorian Popular Fictions 2.2. Edition Braddon Thompson

“Émile  Zola  and  the  Naturalistic  School,  or  Realism  in  French  Literature”  (1885)  by  Mary  Elizabeth  Braddon.

Edited  with  an  Introduction  and  Notes.

Scott  C. Thompson

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Mary Elizabeth Braddon wrote an essay on the French Naturalist novelist, Émile Zola, in 1885 for the Fortnightly Review at the request of the editor, T.H.S. Escott. However, Braddon later withdrew from publication. This edition of the essay, with contextual introduction, a note on editorial principles and explanatory notes is the first publication of Braddon’s manuscript which otherwise remains accessible to scholars only in the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

Key Words

Mary Elizabeth Braddon; Zola; Balzac; Naturalism; essay; gender; obscenity; French Literature.

Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2020

Date of Publication: 25 October 2020

Double Blind Peer Reviewed

Recommended Citation

Thompson, Scott. ed. 2020. “‘Émile Zola and the Naturalistic School, or Realism in French Literature’ by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, edited with an Introduction and Notes.” Victorian Popular Fictions 2.2: 95-123.

ISSN: 2632-4253 (online).



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