The Realist Imperative: Narrative Imagination and Emile Zola’s Postmodern Ethics

By Michael Lastinger.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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A reading of Emile Zola's Naturalism in the light of Satya P. Mohanty’s formulation of “postpositivist ‘realism.’”

Keywords: Zola, Mohanty, Postmodernism, Positivism, Realism, Naturalism, Ethics, Narrative Imagination

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 778.866KB).

Dr Michael Lastinger

I pursued my doctoral studies at the University of Georgia, USA, obtaining my Ph.D. in Romance Languages in 1987. My dissertation, "The Fate of Freedom: The Will in Zola’s Les Rougon-Macquart," examined the antimonies of destiny, biological and geographical in the work of Emile Zola. My continued research and teaching have explored various aspects of French civilization and world culture with focus on the European 19th-Century: Balzac, Sand, Rimbaud, Zola, etc. I have served the profession through the creation of web sites devoted to Zola, and through work as an officer in the American Association of Teachers of French, as Chair of my university's Faculty Senate, and a number of similar positions.

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