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Textual (In)Digestions in Flaubert, Zola and Huysmans: Accumulation, Extraction, Regulation

  • Larry Duffy
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)

Abstract

This chapter identifies a continuum between the representation of digestive processes and the widespread use of digestive metaphors in certain key works of late-nineteenth-century French canonical authors (chiefly Flaubert, Zola and Huysmans). It explores the functioning of such representations as metaphors for the processes involved in the production of the naturalist (in the broadest sense) text. Following a brief outline of conceptual links between digestion and the ordering of knowledge, the chapter focuses in detail on a sophisticated aesthetics of discursive ingestion and digestion—where the body and the processes of consumption are linked to writing—in Madame Bovary, Germinal, À Rebours and En Route.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Duffy
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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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