Flaubert and the Historical Novel: Salammbô reassessed

Flaubert and the Historical Novel: Salammbô reassessed

by Anne Green


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This 1982 book offers an evaluation of one of Flaubert's major and most controversial novels. Dr Green begins by discussing the nineteenth-century debate about the relation between history and fiction, and examines Flaubert's distinctive responses to it. Then, through a detailed study of the manuscript plans for Salammbô, she shows how Flaubert worked to develop a new kind of historical novel. She shows the balance in his work between careful historical research and imaginative reconstruction; she charts how he modified, amplified, or omitted certain elements in the sources, and suggests his reasons for doing so. The result is a case history of the historical novelist's imagination at work, and one which indicates illuminating perspectives with this area of research. Instead of escaping into a vanished world of the past, Flaubert drew on contemporary French social, political, and economic issues in his recreation of a distant and decadent civilisation nearing its end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521155229
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Flaubert and historical fiction; 2. Flaubert and the historians; 3. The genesis and development of Salammbô; 4. Salammbô and nineteenth-century French society; 5. Political and economic parallels; 6. Religion and mythology in Salammbô; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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