Money and Tragedy in the Ninteenth-Century Novel

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MONEY AND TRAGEDY IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY NOVEL A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in The Interdepartmental Program in Comparative Literature by Clany Soileau B.A., University of New Orleans, 1971 B.A., University of New Orleans, 1972 M.A., University of New Orleans, 1978 M.A., Louisiana State University, 1998 May 2006 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would particularly like to express my gratitude to Joseph Ricapito who over the past ten years has given me an inspiring example of what a scholar should be. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher and an inspiration beginning with my very first semester of graduate study at LSU and every year since. I would also like to thank the members of my committee, Bainard Cowan, John Pizer, and Adelaide Russo, for working with me on this project. This dissertation is dedicated to my wife Norma for her help and understanding in all aspects of my life. Without her help, it would never have been written. ii TABLE OF CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………ii ABSTRACT……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………iv CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………………………………………………1 2. LE PÈRE GORIOT………………………………………………………………………………………………………44 3. THE RISE OF SILAS LAPHAM……………………………………………………………………………77 4. MASTRO-DON GESUALDO………………………………………………………………………………………107 5. MIAU………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………137 6. BUDDENBROOKS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………165 7. CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………………………………………201 REFERENCES……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………210 VITA……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………223 iii ABSTRACT The nineteenth-century novelists studied in this
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