The mystery play in Madame Bovary : Moeurs de province / Peter Rogers
- Rogers, Peter Séraphin, 1944-
- Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2009.
- Physical Description:
- 193 pages ; 22 cm.
- Chiasma, 1380-7811 ; 26
- Pt. 1. The Lady of the Mystery -- 1. Virgin's threads -- Emma's epiphany -- The closing vista -- Misreadings -- 2. Scenes, modern and ancient -- Emma's theatre, garden side -- A playful repetition -- Baptizing Berthe -- 3. Solemnity and seduction -- Lestiboudois, stage manager -- Immaculate lady -- Man of the world -- Pt. 2. Masters of the Place -- 1. Revealing names -- Au milieu du bocage -- Caphamaum -- School of respect -- 2. Props for temptation -- Forbidding letters -- Aromatics -- Judas -- 3. Honeymoon days -- Emma's "grace de langage" -- Homais's exemplary Dormition -- Relics -- Pt. 3. The Sacerdotal Art of Healing -- 1. Incurable ineptitude personified -- Poor devil -- Sacred history -- Roadside comedy -- 2. The Mystery of the Passion -- Last suppers -- O divine Saignee -- Ecce homo -- 3. The Wager -- The language of grateful silence -- Stabat matrix -- Healer of literature.
- "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 blbllcal 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 Hornals 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."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9789042027060 and 9042027061
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (-193).
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