Flaubert: Writing the Masculine

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byMary Orr

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Flaubert: Writing the Masculine offers a new approach to Flaubert's major writing and to gender studies as a whole. Through a combination of close reading with a knowledge of current gender studies and particular attention to the sociohistorical and legal contexts of nineteenth-century France,it examines the masculine in the six very different literary contexts which are Flaubert's fictions. His characters, male and female, are reassessed for their masculinity: Baudelaire's famous view of Emma Bovary as 'masculine', like other critical idees recues which have propped up a canonicalFlaubert, finds a new interpretation within the wider discussion of the book, as does the term 'masculine' itself. While it is mostly Flaubert's men, both those who conform to patriarchy's models and the non-conformists, who offer new insights into masculine identities in crisis, the structures ofsociety that endorse male status-legal, social, institutional, and literary-critical-also come under scrutiny. The book challenges the primacy of gendered terms over sex, and provides various methodological resources to further scholarship in French Studies, Gender Studies, and masculinities theory,arguing strongly for the adroitness of literature to formulate representations which are as relevant today as in Flaubert's time.

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Flaubert: Writing the Masculine offers a new approach to Flaubert's major writing and to gender studies as a whole. Through a combination of close reading with a knowledge of current gender studies and particular attention to the sociohistorical and legal contexts of nineteenth-century France,it examines the masculine in the six very d...

Mary Orr is at University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198159692

ISBN - 13:9780198159698

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Table of Contents

IntroductionMadame BovarySalammboL'Education sentimentaleLa Tentation de Saint AntoineTrois ContesBouvard et PecuchetConclusionsBibliographyIndex

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`Orr displays a remarkable mastery of the many complex figurations of the masculine in Flaubert's fiction ... provides valuable insights.'C.B.Kerr, Choice