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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $15.5
  • December 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97917-6
  • 5.2 × 8.4 in / 576 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Madame Bovary

Second Edition


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Gustave Flaubert (Author), Margaret Cohen (Editor, Stanford University), Eleanor Marx Aveling (Translator)


The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on Eleanor Marx Aveling’s celebrated translation, revised by Paul de Man.

Margaret Cohen’s careful editorial revision modernizes and renews Flaubert’s stylistic masterpiece. In addition, Cohen has added to the Second Edition a new introduction, substantially new annotations, and twenty-one striking images, including photographs and engravings, that inform students’ understanding of middle-class life in nineteenth-century provincial France. In Madame Bovary, Flaubert created a cogent counter discourse that exposed and resisted the dominant intellectual and social ideologies of his age. The novel’s subversion of conventional moral norms inevitably created controversy and eventually led to Flaubert’s prosecution by the French government on charges of offending "public and religious morality." This Norton edition is the only one available that includes the complete manuscript from Flaubert’s 1857 trial. "Criticism" includes sixteen studies regarding the novel’s central themes, twelve of them new to the Second Edition, including essays by Charles Baudelaire, Henry James, Roland Barthes, Jonathan Culler, and Naomi Schor. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


    List of Illustrations

    Introduction to the Second Edition

    The Text of Madame Bovary

    1. A Note on the Translation
    2. Madame Bovary: Provincial Life


    Gustave Flaubert, Earlier Versions of Madame Bovary: Scenarios and Scenes

    1. [The Earliest Known Outline]
    2. [The Dance at Vaubyessard—First Outline]
    3. [Projected Epilogue]
    4. [1. Charles’ Youth in Rouen]
    5. [2. Charles on His Way to Bertaux Farm]
    6. [3. Emma at Tostes]
    7. [4. Conversations at Vaubyessard]
    8. [5. Emma and the Colored Window Panes at Vaubyessard]
    9. [6. Léon after His First Encounter with Emma]
    10. [7. Léon and Emma during the Evenings at Homais’s House]
    11. [8. Emma after the Departure of Léon]
    12. [9. Emma’s Happiness with Rodolphe]
    13. [10. Emma and Rodolphe]
    14. [11. Emma’s Mystical Visions during Her Illness]
    15. [12. Léon in the Cathedral]
    16. [13. Emma’s Final Reminiscences]
    17. [14. Charles at Emma’s Deathbed]
    18. [15. The Final Meeting Between Charles and Rodolphe]

    Gustave Flaubert, Letters about Madame Bovary

    1. To Louise Colet
    2. To Léon Laurent-Pichat
    3. To Madame Maurice Schlesinger

    Madame Bovary on Trial

    1. Translator’s Note (Bregtje Hartendorf-Wallach)
    2. The Ministry of Justice against Gustave Flaubert


    1. Paul de Man, [Contemporary Critical Reception of Madame Bovary]
    2. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
    3. Charles Baudelaire, Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
    4. Henry James, [Style and Morality in Madame Bovary]
    5. Mario Vargas Llosa, From The First Modern Novel
    6. Erich Auerbach, On the Serious Imitation of the Everyday
    7. Roland Barthes, The Reality Effect
    8. Franco Moretti, “The Best Time We Ever Had”
    9. Steven Heath, [Provincial Manners in Madame Bovary]
    10. Dominick LaCapra, From Trial to Text
    11. Jonathan Culler, From Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty
    12. Richard Terdiman, From Discourse/Counter-Discourse: The Theory and Practice of Symbolic Resistance in Nineteenth-Century France
    13. Naomi Schor, Restricted Thematics: Madame Bovary
    14. Jann Matlock, From Censoring the Realist Gaze
    15. Avital Ronell, From Crack Wars
    16. Robert Stamm, From Madame Bovary Goes to the Movies

    Gustave Flaubert: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography