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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Introduction to Madame Bovary (1965)

Introduction to Madame Bovary (1965)

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(p.62) 5 Introduction to Madame Bovary (1965)
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The Paul De Man Notebooks
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Martin McQuillan

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.003.0006

In this 1965 essay, Paul de Man talks about Madame Bovary, a novel by the French writer Gustave Flaubert. According to de Man, Madame Bovary has been one of the most discussed books in the history of world literature since its publication in 1857. He notes how Flaubert, despite the distinction and importance of his other novels, had to reconcile himself to the fact that he became known, once and forever, as the author of Madame Bovary. The popularity of the novel has increased rather than diminished with time; it has been translated in various languages; the word ‘bovarysme’ has become part of the French language; the myth surrounding the figure of Emma Bovary has become so powerful. De Man looks at the reasons why Madame Bovary has generated an extraordinary response. He also discusses various criticisms of the novel, including those by Henry James, Percy Lubbock, Jean-Pierre Richard, and Georges Poulet.

Keywords:   Paul de Man, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, Percy Lubbock, Jean-Pierre Richard, Georges Poulet

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