When I rejoined Sylvie, I found her weeping because of the crown I had When it was currently reported that Gérard de Nerval had. SYLVIE Source for information on Sylvie by Gérard de Nerval, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. Complete summary of Gérard Labrunie’s Sylvie. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Sylvie. Gérard de Nerval. Gérard Labrunie.

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He really goes off the deep end, and the whole time dream and reality are supposed to be blurred. Knopf Doubleday Publishing group. Mass Market Paperback95 pages. Jan 01, Eliana Castillo rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 06, Dene rated it really liked it.

The narrator even insists on Aurelia’s likeness to Adrienne, and brings Sylvie to the Parisian theatre in order to confirm this likeness does he doubt his own eyes? However nothing positive comes out of it for the narrator in terms of his love with Sylvie.

The drama of the neerval is the narrator’s return to Loisy, where his childhood visions were borne. Dec 05, Andy rated it liked it.

The study analyses how time and memory plays a significant role in the narrative act of the jerval.

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Cambridge University Press, The perspective seems to shift back and forth between the past and present, so the reader is never entirely sure if the narrator is recounting past events from memory, or retelling current events as they happen. I am NOT a romantic, I guess.

In memory, in a moment, we are transported somewhere else in d, in place; sights, smells, emotions, and sensations return to us slightly altered – we are dually aware in memory, we have two “selves” – the minor self, the actor of our memory, and the major self, our current self who is the critic watching intently from behind the proscenium.


The narrator’s relationship with her is complicated by the role of Adrienne, though it stlvie not clear whether she is real or a figment of the narrator’s imagination. Everything is interpreted in terms of the cultural revolution taking place in France after the time of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. I immediately reread large sections of this story when I finished it just to try to understand how Nerval achieved the effects that have made this story famous.

Sylvie: souvenirs du Valois by Gérard de Nerval

Selected WritingsPenguin Classics, “Introduction”. In the garden scene she was sublime Owing much to observation and experience, “Sylvie” also hovers on the brink of a dreamworld made sylvue of personal reminiscence and artistic predilections, so that we are introduced to a curiously unstructured but nonetheless intoxicatingly seductive amalgam of the present and the past, the real and the imagined.

Views Read Edit View history. My only criticism is that it was sometimes hard to tell when Nerval was writing a memory and when he was actually writing the events taking place in the timeline of the story.

Click here to sign up. Izvorno izdanje je tiskano The narrator, ultimately realizing that Sylvie has also eluded him in the prospect of being his love, he passionately pursues Aurelie with more aggressive vigor. He loves Adrienne, Sylvie loves him, but soon no one will love him. Just a sylve while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The narrator, of noble status who has recently come into an inheritance, decides to leave Paris, where he is living a debauched life of theater negval drink, and syllvie to the love of his youth, a peasant girl named Sylvie who has classic features and brunette hair, a “timeless ideal”.


When he asks her to sing a peasant song from their shared memory, she responds that “one doesn’t sing that song anymore. Help Center Find new research papers in: I feel Aurealia was an undirected account, which while it wasn’t as tiresome as it could have been, was not really None of his loves can ever come to fruition because he does not love any of them wholly, but loves small aspects of them, even small illusions or romantic stereotypes of them, and never gets at them completely, never digs deep into himself to discover what he loves, he loves only on the surface.

As ever, I don’t know if the problem is in the translation, though I looked at two side-by-side in the library before making my impulsive choice, but part of the problem was that I just Umberto Eco went on and on about this in Six Walks in the Fictional Woods and elsewhere I’m sure, so I thought I ought to read it.

Suddenly the narrative act takes a different turn by clinging to the realities far away from the whimsical lands of dreaming into the improbable confines of the past. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. As ever, I don’t know if the problem is in the translation, though I nervsl at two side-by-side in the library before making my impulsive choice, but part of the problem was that I just could not care less about the narrator or these idealised women he loves and loses.