Stefano Lazzarin

At the Origins of «La Comédie Humaine»: Uncanny Places in Balzac’s Paris

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Keywords: Honoré de Balzac, The Uncanny, Literary Myth of Paris, Literary Topoi.

In nineteenth-century literature, uncanny buildings and shabby neighbourhoods are often to be found in bourgeois or luxurious urban areas, following a topos that situates the real and the unreal, the known and the unknown, the ordinary and the supernatural next to each other. This article examines some examples of this topos in La Comédie Humaine by exploring its connections with Balzac’s poetic choices.

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