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L’Éros substitutif dans La Fille aux yeux d’or de Balzac, ou l’enfer des jouissances médiates

Abstract : « L’Éros substitutif dans La Fille aux yeux d’or, ou l’enfer des jouissances médiates » The reflection of a young girl with golden hair (by Balzac) on moral and philosophical desire in modern parisian society. Forming a profound link between the prolog of this book and the account of Paquita and Henry de Marsay’s passion, Balzac substitutes the face which controls the eros : object of dersire, remaining intangible, gives way for a subtitutif object : symmetrically, the partner of the sexual relationship is always doubled with the image of an object notably absent. The substitution also regulated the familial relationships, the parents consist of putative fathers or adoptive mothers. This dynamic substitution is based on similar figures and on duality, on twin zygosity and hybridity, on identity and on alterity. It is from this perspective that aldefic and feminine homosexuality are apprehended. Thus, Balzac shows that the pleasures in modern Parisian society go through mediation, that of one desire or another or by the mediation of gold. The mediate pleasure deals with a deleterious dynamic, perhaps infernal, of the alienation that characterises the Parisian society in its quest for gold and pleasure.
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Roulin Jean-Marie. L’Éros substitutif dans La Fille aux yeux d’or de Balzac, ou l’enfer des jouissances médiates. Rhesis : International Journal of Linguistics, Philology and Literature, Dipartimento di Linguistica e Stilistica dell'Università di Cagliari III, 2016, 7.2, p. 5-17. ⟨halshs-01831171⟩



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