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p. 726. The Hunchback, the Housewife, and the flâneurlocked

  • John D. Lyons


‘The hunchback, the housewife, and the flâneur ’ explains how early nineteenth-century France was divided politically and culturally between the desire for reconnection to traditional institutions and the aspiration to ideals of human potential, freedom, and universal rights. It explores how this dichotomy is manifested in the works of writers such as Flaubert and Baudelaire. The view of la province (anywhere in France other than Paris) conveyed in Flaubert shows how the cult of nature and village life had by mid-century provoked a backlash which often took the form of opposition between Paris and la province.

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