Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1988

Abstract

Noises play an unusually large role in Paul Scarron's Le Roman comique (1651, 1657): there are over three hundred explicit references in the novel to some form of noise. Although noise is not commonly assigned a significant role in prose fiction, its substantial presence suggests that it may indeed have functions in Le Roman comique beyond simply being a realistic or comic feature. I intend to show how noise is part of the narrative structure, and, furthermore, how it exemplifies and reinforces the tension between coherence and incoherence in the novel.

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Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature

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