Flaubert's Characters
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Flaubert's Characters : The Language of Illusion

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 8mm | 180g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521110580
  • 9780521110587

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Character and value; 1. Oriental aesthetics; 2. The merits of inarticulacy; 3. By-passing speech; 4. Endless illusions; 5. Overturning reality; Conclusion: Making madness more mad; Notes; References; Index.
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