A Gustave Flaubert Encyclopedia

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Laurence M. Porter
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 380 pages

Gustave Flaubert is probably the most famous novelist of nineteenth-century France, and his best known work, Madame Bovary, is read in numerous comparative literature and French courses. His fiction set the standard to which other authors turned to learn their craft, and his cult of art and his unrelenting search for stylistic perfection inspired many later writers, such as Maupassant, Proust, Conrad, Faulkner, and Joyce. His denunciation of materialistic, corrupt society; his fascination with altered states of consciousness; his oscillation between metaphysical longings and a radical nihilism; and his deep-seated mistrust of the adequacy of words themselves anticipate the works of contemporary authors. This reference is a convenient guide to his life and writings.

Included in this volume are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries on Flaubert's individual works and major characters; historical persons and events that shaped his life; the themes that run throughout his writings; the critical approaches employed by scholars studying his works; and related topics of interest. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and most close with a brief bibliography. All of his major works are treated at length, and the volume mentions nearly every unpublished project of his that has a title. The book concludes with a selected, general bibliography of major studies.

 

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Contents

Balzac Honore de 17991850 Flaubert was imaginatively involved with Ho
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Souvenirs notes et pensees intimes Souvenirs
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52 Cervantes Saavedra Miguel de
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D
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LEducation sentimentale 1845 According to many critics 1845 marks the
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The Family Idiot by JeanPaul Sartre See critical reception Sartre
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G
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H
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N
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238 neurosis
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O
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pantheism Pantheism is the belief that God and the universe
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254 Person Béatrix
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Q
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R
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Renaud Emilie 269
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iconography At present there are at least four major sources
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James Henry 18431916 Henry James was introduced by Ivan Turgenev
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Lagier Suzanne HonorineSuzanneMarieLouise 183393 One of
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M
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206 Madame Bovary
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Minnelli Vincente 223
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Saba la reine de See Queen of Sheba
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tableau A tableau is a set piece This technique of
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UVW
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YZ
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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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LAURENCE M. PORTER is Professor of French, Comparative Literature, and African Studies at Michigan State University. His previous books include Critical Essays on Gustave Flaubert (1986), The Crisis of French Symbolism (1990), and Approaches to Teaching Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1995). His articles have appeared in numerous journals, such as Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Studies in Romanticism, Comparative Literature Studies, and French Review.

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