Medieval Elements in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Medieval Elements in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

By Paula-Andreea Onofrei

ANASTASIS: Research in Medieval Culture and Art, Vol. 5:2 (2018)

Abstract: Published in 1831, the classic historical Gothic romance The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is representative for narratology, since the plot is majestically set in medieval Paris and Victor Hugo manages to create a specific Middle-Ages atmosphere without having studied in a formal manner about the specificity of medieval times, therefore he is a medievalist avant-la-lettre.

Moreover, it is important to underline Hugo’s attention to details, the realism of description and the manner of giving shape to vivid characters, the predilection for creating memorable, powerful epic moments with a deep religious-ethical component. Furthermore, our purpose is to analyze medieval and modern elements in the novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, also insisting on the symbols present in the novel, its impact on the readers and also the narrative techniques used by Victor Hugo.

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Top Image: Victor Hugo, Oeuvres illustrées de Victor Hugo. Paris: J. Hetzel, 1853

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