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Stealing Things

Theft and the Author in Nineteenth-Century France



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Stealing Things traces the representations of thieves and thievery in nineteenth-century French novels. Re-reading canonical texts by Balzac, the Comtesse de Segur, and Zola through the lens of crime, Peters highlights bourgeois anxiety about ownership and objects while considering the impact of literature on popular attitudes about crime and its legislation and punishment. A detailed analysis of the role of objects, this work chronicles nineteenth-century changes in legal attitudes, popular mentalities, and individual and social identity, focusing particularly on the resulting transformations in representations of gender, class, and (criminal) subjectivity.

Product code: 9780739180044

ISBN 9780739180044
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW160xS27
No. Of Pages 276
Publisher Lexington Books
Stealing Things demonstrates how nineteenth-century French narratives portraying the "thief" figure reflect and critique popular attitudes of the times. This book focuses on how stolen objects shape individual identity and social status.