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Les pathologies de l’intérêt dans Eugénie Grandet : richesse, déraison et despotisme

Abstract : We use Balzac’s novel, Eugenie Grandet, to question the forms of the interest represented in the characters of the père Grandet and of his daughter Eugénie, and reveal, beyond economic rationality, diseases at work in research interest. Grandet, who plays the miser clever enough to escape the impasses of the hoarder, is however devoured by a desire for money that oscillates between reason and unreason. Eugenie, who at first opposes to the delirium of the miser the stubbornness of a young woman in love, fails to break free of his father's despotism. Both characters express the contradictions of desire for money and of rational discourse on this desire. As a counterpoint to the liberal view according to which the desire of money channels despotism, they show that despotism towards others, understood as handling the desire of others, may be the deepest reason for the search for money.
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Claire Pignol. Les pathologies de l’intérêt dans Eugénie Grandet : richesse, déraison et despotisme. L'Homme et la Société, 2016, 200 (2), pp.223-238. ⟨10.3917/lhs.200.0223⟩. ⟨hal-03478243⟩



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