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Gustave Flaubert Encyclopedia
     

Gustave Flaubert Encyclopedia

by Laurence M. Porter
 

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

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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 All of his major works are treated at length, and the volume mentions nearly every unpublished project of his that has a title.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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A reference to the life and work of French novelist Flaubert (1821- 80), who Porter (French, comparative literature, and African studies, Michigan State U.) says has been one of the most influential forces behind realist, naturalist, modernist, and postmodernist schools of literature throughout Europe and the Western Hemisphere. The contributors, US scholars, focus on his literary works, their sources, and their influence but also include discussions of places, contemporary events, a few well known critics, characters that make several appearances, and some of the writers who influenced or were influenced by him. Bibliographic references are entry specific. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313307447
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2001
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

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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