Le désenchantement du monde dans Le médecin de campagne, Le curé de village et L'envers de l'histoire contemporaine de Balzac

Authors: Blais-Laroche, Antoine
Advisor: Belleguic, Thierry
Abstract: In light of Marcel Gauchet’s works on disenchantment, we intent in this dissertation to analyze Honoré de Balzac’s views about religion and Christianity, especially in three of his most apologetics novels: Le Médecin de Campagne (The Country Doctor, 1833), Le Curé de Village (The Village Priest, 1841) et L’Envers de l’Histoire Contemporaine (The Seamy Side of History, 1848). Published at different points of Balzac’s career, those novels have in common to illustrate the move toward autonomy of human condition by making religion dependent on human will. Withdrawing Providence, reinterpreting original sin dogma, those thesis novels depict a disenchanted world. From now on, evil can be explained by pathology and religion can be reduced to the treatment of social wounds. Investing all their energy in life here below, Balzac’s characters appear to be freed from any metaphysical ties. In this human comedy that is no longer divine, religion is a mean, never an end.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 22 October 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/37037
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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