Title

Am I my Brother's keeper? Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin as a retelling of Cain and Abel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

RELIEF - Revue Électronique de Littérature Française

DOI

http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.975

ISSN

1873-5045

Abstract

Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin exemplifies what the author would develop as his naturalist philosophy. This philosophy, based upon what the Zola considered to be a scientific and empirical process to understand the human condition, appears at a time in France where many different philosophical thoughts converge. This paper looks at how Zola’s declared scientific study of the “human-beast” is in fact a retelling of the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel, perhaps spurred by the confusion of the competing philosophies.

Comments

Copyright and Open Access:https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/29816

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