ThZr_se Desqueyroux, Fran_ois Mauriac's stark and introspective 1927 novel, appears to be quite a different tale from Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert's succ_s de scandale published exactly seventy years earlier. Yet upon closer scrutiny, the two novels' similarities become undeniable. The preponderance of parallelisms surely cannot be attributed to happenstance, nor can one agree with the contention that Mauriac must have been inspired, unconsciously and unbeknownst to him, by the literary model of Madame Bovary. Textual Hauntings examination and reflections on these two novels leads to a deeper appreciation and a better understanding of each work.
Edward J. Gallagher is Professor of French Studies at Wheaton College.
Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Mauriac's Therese Desqueyroux: Influence With No Apparent Anxiety Chapter 3 Gender and Sexuality Chapter 4 Religion and its Uses Chapter 5 Novel Uncertainties Chapter 6 Supporting Players Chapter 7 Photo Negativity in Madame Bovary and Therese Desqueyroux Chapter 8 Response to Mary Orr Chapter 9 Response to Alan Raitt Chapter 10 Dogmatic Parody in Flaubert's Un coeur simple Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Bibliography of Works Cited Chapter 13 Index of Proper Names