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Title: The transmission of Emile Zola in English literary culture, 1877-1895
Author: Cummins, Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0000 4687 0264
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines some aspects of the French writer Emile Zola's transmission in late-Victorian literary. culture. In suggesting that the translation of his fiction into English was not o~y linguistic, but cultural, the introduction argues that the commonly-used terms influence and reception do not adequately describe the transformative character of contemporary sex 'education. The thesis concludes by looking at some twentieth- and twenty-first-century instances of Zola's transmission in England. Zola's transmission in England. The first chapter uses evidence of English stage adaptations of L'Assommoir to argue that this transmission in England took place earlier and more widely than is commonly believed. The second chapter uses two case studies - a forgotten serialisation of Therese Raquin, and George Moore's novel Esther Waters - to suggest that Zola's influence on English fiction was refracted through the demands of publishing norms but also through the aesthetic aims of late-Victorian novelists. The third chapter looks at the debate 'surrounding Henry Vizetelly's translations of Zola's novels, arguing that the controversy both emerged from and contributed to the deepening division between mass and elite readerships in late nineteenth-century England after the 1870 Education Act. The final chapter uses the Vizetelly affair as a context in which to read Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins, suggesting that the New Woman novel appropriated Zola in order to highlight the inadequacy of
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Qualification Name: Oxford University, 2007 Qualification Level: Doctoral
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