Some Female Types in the Novels of Emile Zola

Sinikka Murto, Wilfrid Laurier University


The purpose of this thesis is to attempt to group under certain classifications some of the most interested and typical of the many female characters that appear in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series.

For this study thirteen novels published between 1871-1893 and including all the major works of Les Rougon-Macquart series have been chosen. In background and choice of character they include the great city, the village and the farm, the aristocracy, the bourgeoisie and the peasant. In this way it is hoped to present some of the most striking and unusual women who illustrate this great panorama of the Second Empire.