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The roman-charogne (Roman=novel, charogne=carrion) is a term coined by Théophile Gautier in the 19th century to denote a genre of literature exemplified in such novels as L'âne mort et la femme guillotinée.

Théophile Gautier wrote in 1834, in the preface to Mademoiselle de Maupin:

"À côté du roman moyen âge verdissait le roman-charogne, genre de roman très agréable, et dont les petites-maîtresses nerveuses et les cuisinières blasées faisaient une très grande consommation."
"Beside the romance of the Middle Ages flourished the carrion romance, a very pleasing variety, which nervous petites-maîtresses and blasé cooks consumed in great numbers."

See also


  • The Cambridge companion to gothic fiction by Jerrold E. Hogle
  • La crise spirituelle de 1830-1835: le roman-charogne (1989) by Emmanuelle Goriou

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