Character and Revolution: Robespierre, Danton and the others

  • Emanuela Piga University of Bologna
Keywords: Victor Hugo, Melodramatic Imagination, Historical novel, Character, French Revolution.


This study aims to enquire the account of the French Revolution through the form of the novel and the building of characters, both invented or historically existed and reconstructed through the lens of the fiction. Starting from Victor Hugo’s nineteen century novel Quatre-vingt-treize (1874), the goal is to intertwine the analysis of the historiographical perspective inherent to the storytelling with the construction of different characters, core instrument of the ”melodramatic imagination” (P. Brooks). In this direction, the goal is also to reflect on the figuralization of moral conflicts which characterize the age of French Revolution and of the Jacobin ideology during the Terror.


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Author Biography

Emanuela Piga, University of Bologna
Emanuela Piga , Ph.D Comparative Literature, is currently tutor for the course of  Comparative Literature and Sociology of Cultural and Communication Processes at the University of Bologna  and editor in chief of the academic, peer-reviewed and open access Journal of the Italian Association for the Theory and Comparative History of Literature, Between-Journal. Among her publications:“Dalla storia alla letteratura: il ritorno del sommerso nel campo di battaglia del testo letterario”, in Letteratura e Storia, Storia e Letteratura, Eds. F. Bertoni e D. Meneghelli, Transpostcross, 4.1 (2014); “Biografie della memoria e cartografie del desiderio: Fugitive Pieces di Anne Michaels”, Studi Culturali, Il Mulino, Bologna, XI.2, settembre 2014.
How to Cite
Piga, E. (2016). Character and Revolution: Robespierre, Danton and the others. Between, 5(10).
Narratives and Imaginaries in Politics and History