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Educating Emma: A Genetic Analysis of Reading in Madame Bovary

Educating Emma: A Genetic Analysis of Reading in Madame Bovary Abstract: Flaubert's manuscripts for Chapter I:6 of Madame Bovary explicitly develop reading as a causal element in Emma's character and downfall. The treatment of moral tales for children (the Littérature du seconde âge ) and Paul et Virginie reflects a dual evolution, in which both the choice of texts and Emma's approach to reading them are manipulated to accentuate the vapidity of her education and remove any hint of critical faculty. The manuscript evidence thus validates the contextual signifi cance of the argument made by the defense during the 1857 trial, which cited the importance of Emma's education in interpreting the novel. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nineteenth-Century French Studies University of Nebraska Press

Educating Emma: A Genetic Analysis of Reading in Madame Bovary

Nineteenth-Century French Studies , Volume 40 (1) – Oct 7, 2011

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Abstract: Flaubert's manuscripts for Chapter I:6 of Madame Bovary explicitly develop reading as a causal element in Emma's character and downfall. The treatment of moral tales for children (the Littérature du seconde âge ) and Paul et Virginie reflects a dual evolution, in which both the choice of texts and Emma's approach to reading them are manipulated to accentuate the vapidity of her education and remove any hint of critical faculty. The manuscript evidence thus validates the contextual signifi cance of the argument made by the defense during the 1857 trial, which cited the importance of Emma's education in interpreting the novel.

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Nineteenth-Century French StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 7, 2011

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