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Alfred de Musset, ou l'univers de la discontinuité
Nineteenth-Century French Studies
Vol. 32, No. 1/2 (FALL—WINTER 2003-2004), pp. 9-22
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23538147
Page Count: 14
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A. de Musset's work is remarkable by its fragmented, unfinished and motley aspects which have been considered by some critics as an obvious proof of his creative powerlessness. If it's possible to find external causes to explain the disparate appearance of his work, such as the way of publishing texts in the Revue des Deux Mondes, an in-depth analysis can demonstrate that this lack of unity actually reveals Musset's fundamental aesthetic concepts. His perception of time, particularly, is reflected by discontinuous writing and a taste for eccentric narratives, which is part of the baroque current of romanticism. Herein lies the modernity of his work.
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