November 15, 2016
Dr. Céline Brossillon, Assistant Professor of French, has published the article “The figure of the ‘Horla’ in Guy de Maupassant’s short stories: from isolation and alienation to annihilation.”
The essay focuses on the paradoxical figure of the bachelor in the fantastic tales of French author Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893). It argues that the bachelor-protagonist and his Double, the Horla, crystallize the crisis of masculine identity in France at the end of the nineteenth century.
The essay follows male characters on their journey from cultivated solitude, away from women and their peers, to stifling isolation. As loneliness slowly tightens around them, their own house becomes the scene of terrific visions and are soon confronted by a ghostly Other (le Horla), leading them to the brink of psychic (and physical?) disintegration.
You can read the article here: Dix-Neuf, Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuxiémistes, Vol. 21.1.