This document contains a meta-commentary on the article that I co-authored with Dr. Corry Cropper entitled Breaking the Duel's Rules: Brantôme, Mérimée, and Melville, that will be published in the next issue of Essays in French Literature and Culture, and an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources featuring summaries and important quotes dealing with duels, honor, honor codes, cheating, historical causality, chance, and sexuality. Also, several examples of film noir are cited with brief summaries and key events noted. The article we wrote studies two instances of cheating in duels: one found in Brantôme's Discours sur les duels and the other in Prosper Mérimée's Chronique du règne de Charles IX, and the traditional, as well as anti-causal, repercussions they had. Melville's Le Deuxième souffle is also analyzed with regards to the Gaullist Gu Minda and the end of the aristocratic codes of honor that those of his generation dearly respected but that were overcome by the commercial world of republican law and order.
College and Department
Humanities; French and Italian
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Murdock, Mark Cammeron, "In the Company of Cheaters (16th-Century Aristocrats and 20th-Century Gangsters)" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 1775.
cheating, cheat, duels, duelist, French, France, honor, honor codes, historical causality, chance, sexuality, masculinity, aristocracy, noble, chivalry, knight, mobster, gangster, sixteenth century, twentieth century, gambling, republican, Gaullist, crime film, film noir, Brantôme, Melville, Mérimée, Colombière, Chatauvillard, Guitry, Dassin