Glimpsing the devil’s tale? Towards a visual narratology of the fantastic in illustrated editions of cazotte’s le diable amoureux

Jonathan Hensher

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Abstract

This article considers the illustration of Jacques Cazotte’s prototypical fantastic novella Le Diable amoureux from its publication in 1772 through to the twentieth century. Setting out and applying a theoretical approach based on narratological models proposed by Gérard Genette and subsequent theorists, it examines the role of the ‘spectator’ embedded within images in generating narrative ambiguity and provoking the hesitation on the part of the reader/viewer that Tzvetan Todorov identified as the key feature of the fantastic. The different types of spectator are defined and their interaction with textual narration analysed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-681
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date22 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Clément-Pierre Marillier
  • Illustration
  • Jacques Cazotte
  • Narrative
  • Narratology
  • Spectator
  • The fantastic

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