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Cambridge Studies in French: Series Number 8

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Cambridge Studies in French: Series Number 8 by Diana Knight
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This major new study takes issue both with the traditional critical view that Flaubert's central characters are weak and with the approach adopted by a number of contemporary critics who claim that character is deliberately undermined in the interests of non-representational writing. Rather, Dr Knight explores the relationship between the contents of Flaubert's stories and his practice as a writer, thereby reinstating the functional value of character in his work. She shows that essential aspects of Flaubert's aesthetic - the opaqueness of language, stupidity, fascination and reverie as the object of art - depend on the psychological make-up of fictional characters: their pathological relationship to language and reality mirrors Flaubert's conception of the readers' stupefied response to his own stylistic effects and to his wilfully naive stories. Flaubert emerges as a representational writer, but one who is supremely self-conscious of the fictional status of his representations.
Release date NZ
May 7th, 2009
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Worked examples or Exercises
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
136
Dimensions
140x216x8
ISBN-13
9780521110587
Product ID
2970502

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