This edition: Madame Bovary
Discussion centers on Flaubert’s realism and his use of point-of-view in Madame Bovary. Students debate the notion that this book is evidence of Flaubert’s feminist leanings. Other questions asked in the lesson: Is the story really about Charles or Emma? Would Emma ever be satisfied with any man? Is the novel meant to be instructive? If the novel has a moral center, why does Charles suffer so? Are we meant to be sympathetic to Emma – to understand her rather than judge her? Is Emma subject to fate and circumstance or responsible for her own downfall?
Featured interview: Dr. Alison Finch, Jesus College (Oxford)