The melodramatic imagination

  title={The melodramatic imagination},
  author={Peter Brooks},
  • Peter Brooks
  • Published 1976
  • Sociology, Political Science, History
This text argues that melodrama is a crucial mode of expression in modern literature. After studying stage melodrama as a dominant popular form in the 1800s, the author looks at Balzac and Henry James, to show how these realist novelists created fiction using rhetoric and excess of melodrama. 
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