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Flaubert and the Historical Novel : 'Salammbo' Reassessed - Anne Green

Flaubert and the Historical Novel

'Salammbo' Reassessed


Published: 24th August 2012
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This 1982 book offers an evaluation of one of Flaubert's major and most controversial novels. Dr Green begins by discussing the nineteenth-century debate about the relation between history and fiction, and examines Flaubert's distinctive responses to it. Then, through a detailed study of the manuscript plans for Salammbo, she shows how Flaubert worked to develop a new kind of historical novel. She shows the balance in his work between careful historical research and imaginative reconstruction; she charts how he modified, amplified, or omitted certain elements in the sources, and suggests his reasons for doing so. The result is a case history of the historical novelist's imagination at work, and one which indicates illuminating perspectives with this area of research. Instead of escaping into a vanished world of the past, Flaubert drew on contemporary French social, political, and economic issues in his recreation of a distant and decadent civilisation nearing its end.

Flaubert and historical fiction
Flaubert and the historians
The genesis and development of Salammb├┤
Salammb├┤ and nineteenth-century French society
Political and economic parallels
Religion and mythology in Salammb├┤
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ISBN: 9780521155229
ISBN-10: 0521155223
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 24th August 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25