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Flaubert's TentationRemapping Nineteenth-Century French Histories of Religion and Science$
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Mary Orr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258581

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258581.001.0001

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The Master Disciple

The Master Disciple

(p.95) 3 The Master Disciple
Flaubert's Tentation

Mary Orr (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Emerging from the Queen of Sheba's train is the figure of Hilarion, the key intermediary in Part One of the Tentation and Antoine's major and most dangerous interlocutor on matters theological and comparative religious. This chapter explores for the first time how Flaubert employs Hilarion (a historically ‘real’ disciple of Anthony the Great) to de‐lionize the vita as genre and model of the Imitation of the Life of Christ. It also argues that in so doing, Flaubert may use Hilarion as a contemporary mouthpiece, for the ‘heretical’ ideas set out in Renan's Vie de Jésus of 1864, to advance positivist scientific method.

Keywords:   Hilarion, Vita Hilarionis, disciple, Saint Hilary, Life of Christ, Renan's Vie de Jésus, positivist scientific method

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