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French seminar: Madame Bovary and the sinister Sandman

Bovary

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton is delighted to be hosting Professor Anne Green from King’s College London on Tuesday 15th November 2016, who will be leading a seminar entitled “Madame Bovary and the sinister Sandman”, from 4:00-5:30 in Room 1143, Building 65, Avenue Campus. All welcome to join in for the seminar and discussion.

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Taking a fresh look at Flaubert’s manuscript drafts for Madame Bovary, Anne Green discovers that they contain repeated allusions to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s short story, The Sandman. Although Flaubert removed many of these references before the final version, enough remain in the published version to disturb conventional readings of Madame Bovary. The Sandman’s traces reveal a sinister undercurrent lying beneath the novel’s surface. Why was the uncanny tale so significant for Flaubert? Why did he work so hard to remove its traces from his novel? And why did displaced elements of Hoffmann’s story continue to appear in Flaubert’s writing long after Madame Bovary?

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