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Flaubert's Tentation: Remapping Nineteenth-Century French Histories of Religion and Science

Mary Orr


This book studies in English of Flaubert's least well‐known masterpiece, the final version of his Tentation de saint Antoine (1874). Thanks to Foucault, the work has the reputation of being an arcane and erudite ‘fantastic library’ or, thanks to genetic criticism, of being a ‘narrative’ of Flaubert's personal aesthetic (l'oeuvre de toute [s]a vie’). By presuming instead no necessary knowledge to read the text, its versions or its intertexts, this book sets out to offer new readings of the seven tableaux which comprise it, and new ways of interpreting the work as a whole. By arguing that Flaube ... More

Keywords: remapping, literary science, history of religion, history of science, orientalism, critics', blocks, Egypt, Egyptology, mystère, vita

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Orr, author
Professor of French, University of Southampton
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