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Critical essays on Gustave Flaubert /

Other Authors: Porter, Laurence M., 1936-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1986
Series: Critical essays on world literature
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Porter has selected 16 critical essays ranging in point of view from contemporary reviews of Madame Bovary through thematic, including psychoanalytic, criticism, to the structuralist, the poststructuralist, and the deconstructionist. The essays treating a given work (all are represented) are grouped together to show the development of critical attitudes toward Flaubert's texts over the last century. For example, besides the ``normative'' reviews of Madame Bovary, Jean Rousset's 1962 essay insists on its theme of nihilism, and Michael Riffaterre sees it as an ``anti-novel'' in his more recent intertextual study. Porter's introduction, the early reviews, and the articles by Georges Poulet, Anne Green, and Rousset are accessible to the general reader of Flaubert; many essays require training in psychoanalytic and literary theory. Five of the eight translated selections appear in English for the first time. The extensive annotated bibliography is a valuable tool for generalist and specialist alike. For libraries serving graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.-C.G. Hill, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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