The Mystery Play in <i>Madame Bovary: Moeurs de province</i>

Author:   Peter Rogers
Publisher:   Brill
Volume:   26
ISBN:  

9789042027060


Pages:   193
Publication Date:   01 January 2009
Format:   Paperback
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The Mystery Play in <i>Madame Bovary: Moeurs de province</i>


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Drawing upon Flaubert's fictional works, travel writings, correspondence, and notes on his reading of the Bible and interest in iconography, Rogers traces the presence of a liturgical drama, a mystery play, in a text known as iconic of the realist novel. Showing how Flaubert's use of religious tales, topoi, and imagery extends beyond his retelling of saints' lives in the Tentation de Saint Antoine and the Trois contes, this study elucidates the biblical and devotional subcurrent in the story of Emma Bovary. Biblical episodes, religious emblems, and discussions of Catholic dogma link the adulterous heroine to the Virgin Mary, who emerges in the course of this subtle reading as the other heroine of the scandalous story. The 19th-century impulse to censor is embodied within the novel by two characters representing the secular and religious poles. The free-thinking pharmacist Homais and the parish priest concur only on the dangers of reading the Bible. When the novel itself was brought to trial for attacking religion, Flaubert's prosecutor and defense lawyer overlooked this condemnation of scripture. This study invites readers to pay close attention to the religious texts and traditions discussed and restaged in Madame Bovary to gain a new awareness of the narrow bond between theatre and religion in Flaubert's provinces.

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Author:   Peter Rogers
Publisher:   Brill
Imprint:   Editions Rodopi B.V.
Volume:   26
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9789042027060


ISBN 10:   9042027061
Pages:   193
Publication Date:   01 January 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Dramatis personae Introduction Part One: The Lady of the Mystery Virgin's threads Scenes, modern and ancient Solemnity and seduction Part Two: Masters of the Place Revealing names Props for temptation Honeymoon days Part Three: The Sacerdotal Art of Healing Incurable ineptitude personified The Mystery of the Passion The Wager Selected Bibliography

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Peter Rogers' rereading of Madame Bovary through the lens of religious allegory is fresh and edifying. - Carmen Mayer-Robin, University of Alabama


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