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I A STRUCTURAL APPROACH . TO A LITERARY GENRE TZVETAN TODOROV Translated from the French by RICHARD HOWARD With a Foreword by Robert Scholes Camel! Paperbacks CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS ITHACA, NEW YORK In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting.
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Originally published in French under the title Introduction ii la liuerature jantastique. Copyright © 1970 by Editions du Seuil. Copyright © 1973 by the Press of Case Western Reserve University Foreword and index copyright © 1975 by Cornell University All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in a review, this book or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. For information address CornelI University Press, 124 Roberts Place, Ithaca, New York 14850. Comell Paperbacks edition first published 1975 by Comell University Press. _Second printing 1980 International Standard Book Number 0-8014-9146-0 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-10407 Printed in the United States of America In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting.
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definition du fantastique 2 definition of the fantastic Alvaro, the main character of Cazotte's tale Le Diable Amoureux, lives for two months with a female being whom he believes to be an evil spirit: the devil or one of his henchmen. The way this being first appeared clearly suggests that she is a representative of the other world. But her specifically human (and, what is more, feminine) behavior, and the real wounds she receives, seem, on the contrary, to prove that she is simply a woman, and a woman in love. When Alvaro asks where she comes from, Biondetta replies: "I am a sylphide by birth, and one of the most powerful among them .... " But do sylphides exist? (" I could make nothing of these words," Alvaro continues. "But what could I ~ake of my entire adventure? It all seems a dream, I kept tellmg myself; but what else is human life? I am dreaming more extravagantly than other men, that is all .... What is possible? What is impossible?") Thus Alvaro hesitates, wonders (and the reader with him) whether what is happening to him is real, if what sur- rounds him. is. indeed reality (in which case sylphides exist), or whether It IS no more than an illusion, which here assumes the form of a dream. Alvaro is later induced to sleep with definition of the fantastic 25 this very woman who may be the devil; and, alarmed by this eventuality, he questions himself once more: "Have I been asleep? Is it my fortune that all this has been no more than a dream?" His mother will reflect in the same fashion: "You have dreamed this farm and all its inhabitants." The ambiguity is sustained to the very end of the adventure: reality or dream?
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