Gustave Flaubert Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Gustave Flaubert Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Long the subject of a large and still increasing volume of literary criticism and debate, the novels of Gustave Flaubert are susceptible to a variety of approaches. Classified as a realist, his works deprecated by some of his contemporaries as supreme examples of the excesses to which novelistic realism was prone, Flaubert refused to consider himself an advocate of something he so hated—reality. The psychological realism of Madame Bovary, for example, as noted by Charles Baudelaire in an early review, clearly strikes a new note in the development of the novel and is one of Flaubert’s major contributions to the genre. This realism is, nevertheless, tempered by some elements of Romanticism, even though Flaubert regarded...

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