Madame Bovary | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Patricia Reynaud

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Madame Bovary.
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Critical Essay by Patricia Reynaud

SOURCE: "Economics as Lure in Madame Bovary," in Money: Lure, Lore, and Literature, edited by John Louis DiGaetani, Greenwood Press, 1994, pp. 163-74.

In the following essay, Reynaud examines the economic metaphors in Flaubert's Madame Bovary that relate to debt, borrowing, investing, and an entire system contaminated by fortune.

To read Madame Bovary as a novel dealing with political economics, to see how economic metaphors are disseminated in the narrative, seems more to pertain to the category of wager (gageure) than to rest on a certainty best symbolized by the gold exchange standard (gage-or) as the full convertibility of currency into gold. The play on words (better rendered in French) can appear rather far-fetched and even unreliable, but it will subsequently be justified within the perspective of this chapter, in which falsity is certainly...

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