Acts of Fiction


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Table of ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsA Note on TranslationsIntroduction1 Traveling Miscognito: Revolution and Symbolic Resolution 12 Viral Fictions: Sade and the Pox of Libertinism 433 Politics and Paleontology: Reading the Past in Balzac’s Colonel Chabert and Cesar Birotteau 674 Traveling from the Orient to Aurelia: Nerval Looks for the Words 1015 The Esthetic Mask: Irony and Allegory in Baudelaire’s Spleen de Paris 125Conclusion 149Appendix: “Le Mauvais Vitrier” 155Works Cited 161Index 169

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