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Approaches to Teaching Flaubert's Madame Bovary

Editor(s): Laurence M. Porter, Eugene F. Gray

Pages: xv & 167 pp.
Published: 1995
ISBN: 9780873527293

"Approaches to Teaching Flaubert's Madame Bovary is an insightful overview of the current critical scene and contains a rich array of stances toward Flaubert's work. The general level of discourse is high, serious, and engaging, and some of the individual essays are brilliant. Those of us who teach Madame Bovary will benefit greatly from this Approaches volume."
Sandy Petrey, author of Realism and Revolution: Balzac, Stendhal, Zola, and the Performances of History

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According to the editors of this collection of essays, Madame Bovary is "arguably the greatest novel of nineteenth-century France." It "raises key issues in human relations, ethics, and social justice, as well as problems concerning the use and misuse of language, novelistic structure, tone, and figurative expression in literature." Twenty Flaubert scholars show how they present this rich material to students in a variety of courses and settings, using methods that balance aesthetic (text-centered) and cultural (society-centered) studies.

The volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews French and English editions of Madame Bovary and background materials useful to students and teachers. In the second part, "Approaches," teachers examine the novel's social milieu; offer course plans based on a variety of methodologies (including thematic, feminist, traditional humanistic, and deconstructionist approaches); and describe how to teach Madame Bovary in courses on film studies, world literature, and writing.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Flaubert's Madame Bovary

Laurence M. Porter and Eugene F. Gray

Editions and Translations
French Editions
English Editions

Courses and Course Designs

Recommended Readings
Background Materials
General Introductions
Critical Studies

The Instructor's Library

Aids to Teaching




Teaching Madame Bovary in a Humanities Course
Benjamin F. Bart

Social Background

Emma Bovary: The Angel Gone Astray
Lilian R. Furst

A Marxist Approach to Madame Bovary
Edward J. Ahearn

Feminist Approaches

The Same or (M)Other: A Feminist Reading of Madame Bovary
Susan L. Wolf

A Psychoanalytic Approach to Madame Bovary
Lauren Pinzka

Formal Approaches

Will the Real Emma Bovary Please Stand Up?
Dean de la Motte

Myth and Symbol in Madame Bovary
William Nelles

Vision and Language: Teaching Madame Bovary in a Course on the Novel
Michal Peled Ginsburg

Flaubert's Moving Sidewalk
Beryl Schlossman

Unwrapping the Comic
Michael Issacharoff

A Narratological Approach to Madame Bovary
Gerald Prince

Deconstructionist Approaches

Teaching Madame Bovary through the Lens of Poststructuralism
Dorothy Kelly

Reading (in) Madame Bovary
James Winchell

Desire, Difference, and Deconstructionism in Madame Bovary
Andrew McKenna

Selected Courses

Teaching Madame Bovary through Film
Mary Donaldson-Evans

Reading Realist Literature: Madame Bovary in a Great Books or World Literature Course
Monika Brown

Teaching Madame Bovary through Writing
Carol de Dobay Rifelj

Strategies of Reading

Teaching Reading Tactics in Madame Bovary
William J. Berg and Laurey K. Martin

Relevance, Meaning, and Reading
Ross Chambers

Works Cited


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