L’Éducation sentimentale, begun in 1843 and finished after two substantial interruptions in 1845, was Flaubert’s first attempt at a full-scale novel. Though overshadowed by the 1869 novel of the same title, it is a crucially important text in Flaubert’s literary development. Alan Raitt provides a controversial new reading of the book’s genesis and development, and addresses many of the misapprehensions that have grown up around this pivotal work.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 134 pp.
Contents: Before L’Éducation sentimentale – Flaubert’s Literary Situation in 1843 – Flaubert’s Personal Situation in
1843 – The Genesis and Composition of L’Éducation sentimentale – Structure and Sense of L’Éducation sentimentale
– Flaubert’s Art in L’Éducation sentimentale – The Two Éducations sentimentales – The Status of the 1845