Madame Bovary | Critical Essay by Anne Green

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Madame Bovary.
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SOURCE: "Time and History in Madame Bovary" in French Studies: A Quarterly Review, Vol. XLIX, No. 3, July, 1995, pp. 283-91.

In the following essay, Green explores "the way in which [Flaubert's value-laden approach to [the concept of] time informs Madame Bovary."]

—Nous ne sommes jamais au Présent qui seul est important dans la vie.1

—Le Présent est tout ce qu'il y a de moins important, car il est très court, insaisissable. Le vrai, c'est le Passé, et l'Avenir.2

These mutually contradictory comments from Flaubert's Correspondance are evidence of his long-standing preoccupation with the way in which we perceive time. His letters show him to be particularly sensitive to the personal and subjective nature of time, which he variously sees as destructive or consoling, as a force for change or an indicator of stasis...

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