The Gift of Clothes: Of Mme de Lafayette and the Origin of Novels

Kamuf, Peggy
March 1984
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring1984, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p233
Academic Journal
Compares the culture and origin of novels to the origin of the king's gift of his clothes, as demonstrated by de Huet in a treatise that introduced the novel "Zaïde: Histoire Espagnole," by Jean-Regnaud de Segrais. Novels as fictions of amorous adventures written for the pleasure of the readers; Description of novels in terms of Egyptian culture in which everything is expressed in images; Background on the culture of kings letting a slave play his role for a day; Discussion of the novel "Zaïde."


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