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Flaubert: Transportation, Progression, Progress

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Kate Rees

A belief in progress tells us something about the way a society views itself. Progress speaks of confidence, optimism and dynamism. It assures us of pattern and structure. In the nineteenth century, as the Christian model of development is increasingly challenged and as geological findings expand understanding of history, so progress emerges from the Enlightenment as an ever more acute subject for debate. This book addresses the theme of progress and patterns of progression in the work of Flaubert. Through close textual analysis of his works and particular scrutiny of his narrative structures, this book argues that Flaubert’s position in the mid-nineteenth century situates his work at an intriguing historical crossroads, between Romantic faith in progress and assertions of Decadent decline. Flaubert’s response to progress is rich and complicated, offering stimulating views of momentum and perfectibility.
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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Balzac 100, 101, 135, 137 Barthes 18, 104 Baudelaire, Charles 23, 33, 146, 147, 148, 151, 153, 161–163 Beer, Gillian 131 Bouilhet, Louis 49, 55, 166 Braudel, Fernand 16, 17, 97 Brooks, Peter 19, 56, 100, 101, 131, 135 Bury, J.B. 11, 131, 132 Byron 29 Cabet, Étienne 10–12 Chateaubriand Voyage de la Grèce 173 Chevalier, Ernest 28, 52 Colet, Louise 27, 53, 85 Comte, Auguste 10 Condorcet 7–8, 68, 125 Culler, Jonathan 132, 138 Darwinian theory 131 Descharmes, René 34, 127, 136 Dickens 69, 161 Du Camp, Maxime 9, 54–56, 72–77, 112, 144, 169, 171, 172–173 Les Chants Modernes 54–56, 72, 169 Souvenirs Littéraires 56, 144, 172–173 Enfantin, Prosper 9 Flaubert Bouvard et Pécuchet 1–3, 4, 10–11, 30–31, 58, 85, 107–139, 141–142, 165, 170–171 Cahier intime 15, 69 Dictionnaire des idées reçues 15, 60, 123 Étude sur Rabelais 15 La Tentation de Saint Antoine 28, 33, 35, 163–165 L’Éducation Sentimentale 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20, 51, 53, 56, 79–106, 108, 114–115, 136, 170 L’Éducation Sentimentale (1845) 81–90 Madame Bovary 4, 7, 16, 37–49, 129, 144 Novembre 88–89 Par les champs et par les grèves 112–113 Saint Julien de L’Hospitalier 105–106 Salammbô 4, 15, 17, 51–78, 88, 170 Smar 4, 28–37, 171 Trois contes 46 Un Cœur Simple 45–47, 106 Voyage en enfer 28 Voyage...

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