Mary Orr

in Flaubert: Writing the Masculine

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198159698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191673672 | DOI:

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Salammbô (SAL) demonstrates ancien régime absolutist principles, male power, and authority which would find their continuum, not abolition, in France after 1789. The constant critical approach to SAL is to read the various levels of the text as binary opposites or antitheses, as almost fixed patterns in a semi-archaic universe on the brink of change. This chapter presents instead a study of the polarities of the male position to show that they are often points on the same continuum. The further advantage of this approach is that female character and feminine elements remain discrete and unmerged with male characters and male characteristics remain as secondary and negatively comparative.

Keywords: Flaubert; male characteristics; male position

Chapter.  14653 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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