The Climate of Naturalism: Zola’s Atmospheres

  title={The Climate of Naturalism: Zola’s Atmospheres},
  author={Jessica Tanner},
  journal={L'Esprit Cr{\'e}ateur},
  pages={20 - 33}
This article makes a case for reading Emile Zola’s naturalism as an ecological realism. Representations of weather in Zola’s novels blur traditional distinctions between narration and description, as even ostensibly atmospheric weather emerges from the background to precipitate plot. Recasting this distinction as a difference of scale, I argue that Zola’s novels generate a sense of climate by drawing attention to the mutual modulation of humans and landscapes over time, both within and beyond… CONTINUE READING


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