Real World on Realism: How Events in French History Affected French Realism

Audrey Davenport Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Larry Riggs Butler University
Authors tend to write about what is around them, observing the world and reflecting it in their work. The authors of 19th century France are no different. Many events in France’s history during this time period heavily influenced the development of realism in the works of several French authors. The establishment of the first French republic, the ground-breaking scientific discoveries of Charles Darwin, and the failures of several revolutions are all sources of inspiration for the realism seen in 19th century French literature. Authors from this time period such as Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, and Emile Zola portray a world that is quite different from the romantic era that precedes it. In their stories, these authors make the romantic outlook seem obsolete, depicting life as a series of hard-hitting truths that are impossible to escape. This project will present the influences of multiple events in French history on French realism, contributing a thought-provoking and intriguing take on these familiar stories.
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:45 AM
Jordan Hall 336C