Flaubert, Zola, and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge

  • Authors
  • Larry Duffy

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Knowledge, Incorporated

    1. Larry Duffy
      Pages 1-32
  3. Flaubert and Professional Incorporations

  4. Flaubert, le corps redressé

  5. Zola: Professional, Pathological, and Therapeutic Incorporations

  6. Conclusion: Taxidermy, Taxonomy, and l’esthétique naturaliste

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 230-261

About this book


This book is about how France's two major documentary authors of the nineteenth century – Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola – incorporate medical knowledge about the body into their works, and in so doing exploit its metaphorical potential of the body to engage in critical reflection about the accumulation and reconfiguration of knowledge.


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