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.
Abbreviations AR A rebours (Paris: Garnier Flammarion, 1978) (1884) Cor. Correspondance, 5 vols. (Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléaide, 1973–2008 (1830–75) O (1/11) Œuvres, 2 vols. (Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléaide, 1952) OJ Œuvres complètes, vol. 1: Œuvres de jeunesse (Paris: Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléaide, 2001)
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