In this study, actual progression is seen as a metaphor for understanding Flaubert’s attitude to historical progress. Each chapter focuses on a particular vehicle or pattern of movement, analysing journeys undertaken by characters in Flaubert’s texts as models of disrupted, non-linear progression which provide a counter-current to contemporary ideologies of progress. A closing chapter examines connections between Flaubert and Huysmans, investigating the response to progress in later nineteenth-century literature.
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Abbreviations ix Introduction 1 Chapter One Flight. Smar and Madame Bovary 27 Chapter Two The Locomotive. Salammbô 51 Chapter Three Journeys by Boat. L’Éducation Sentimentale (1845 and 1869) 79 Chapter Four Pedestrian Practice. Bouvard et Pécuchet 107 Chapter Five Armchair Travel. Flaubert and Huysmans 141 Conclusion 169 Bibliography 177 Index 191
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