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Provincial Customs and . . . Unbearable Ennui: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856)   

C  In-Person Class: This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Red Cross building.
    Enrollment: The American Red Cross pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.

    Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.

    Text: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary. Translation by Paul De Man.
    Several paperback editions are available at local libraries, and through bookstores and online book vendors.

Dull, satiated, bored, or boring – Gustave Flaubert despised the bourgeois! In a letter to Louise Colet, he described the likes of Charles Bovary (a country doctor) and Rodolphe Boulanger (a wealthy landowner) as “two mediocrities in the same milieu.” Yonville’s shopkeepers, pharmacists, and clergymen did not escape Flaubert’s spleen either! All had a hand in Emma Bovary’s life and tragic end. Join Ioana for a discussion of Gustave Flaubert’s portrayal of the French middle class. The presenter recommends a full reading of Madame Bovary prior to this class and discussion.


Ioana Fracassi has been teaching literature at Madonna University for 22 years. Although her repertoire is focused mostly on British, American, and African American authors, her first love remains European literature, especially French, Italian, and Russian. Ioana would like to dedicate this presentation to her mentor and beloved friend, the late Laurence Rudnicki, Professor of French literature at the University of Michigan and of English literature at Madonna University.

  • Provincial Customs and . . . Unbearable Ennui: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1856) 

  •  Show Description
  • Fee: $15.00

  • Instructor(s): Ioana Fracassi

  • Dates: 11/18/2022 - 11/18/2022

    Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Sessions: 1

    Days: F

  • Building: Red Cross Building

    Room: A & B

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