Flaubert and the Pictorial Arts: From Image to Text

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This is the first book ever to be written about the relationship between Flauberts writing and pictorial art. Flaubert's responses to a wide range of pictorial images, from classical to popular, were both powerful and ambivalent, with insights, in many instances, of an extraordinary modernity, and intuitions of an art of the future. This study traces the processes by which pictorial art penetrates the very fibre of Flaubert's writing. Viewed by Flaubert as the sister art, pictorial art is for him both rival and foil. This study casts significant new light on the poetic system of a major writer, and adds a new dimension to the study of the literary and aesthetic sensibilities of the mid-nineteenth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159186
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrianne Tooke is Lecturer in French, Somerville College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I Flaubert and the Image: A General View 9
1 Images, Memory, and the Imagination 11
2 Text and Image 69
II A Pictorial Education: Flaubert's Travel Years, 1840-1851 97
3 Art Commentaries (i): 1840-1848 99
4 Art Commentaries (ii): The 'Voyage en Orient', 1849-1851 128
5 Nature into Art: Travel Descriptions and Pictorialist Models 149
III The Mature Years: The Role of the Pictorial in Flaubert's Major Works of Fiction 181
6 Bouvard et Pecuchet: 'Peinture', the Missing Chapter 183
7 Figural Sources and Models 195
8 The Power of the Image 213
Conclusion 237
App. A Italy 1851: Pictures Noted by Flaubert 242
App. B A Transcription of Flaubert's Notes on Charles Blanc's Histoire des Peintures 252
App. C A Transcription of Flaubert's Notes on Joseph Milsand's L'Esthetique anglaise 281
Bibliography 284
Index 303
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