The Prose of the World. Flaubert and the Art of Making Things Visible
Kategorier: Biografier och litteraturvetenskap Litteraturvetenskap 1800-talet Litteraturvetenskap och litteraturkritik Litteraturvetenskap: allmänt
The history of Western literature as we know it, from Homer and Greek tragedy onward, can be approached as a history of making things visible. Homer wants us to see Odysseus’s scar; Cervantes wants us to see those windmills. In the early nineteenth century, however, the art of making things visible takes a radically new turn.
In The Prose of the World, Sara Danius explores nineteenth-century realism and the art of making things visible, with a particular focus on Flaubert. Paying close attention to the stylistic texture of Flaubert’s major works, Danius argues that Flaubertian description is more than just description. It is a new object in the history of literary representation.
This book is part of a larger scholarly enterprise. For while The Prose of the World is a free-standing study of Flaubert, it is also part of a projected trilogy on realism that seeks to map how the modern novel extends the limits of what can be known and seen.