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Flaubert Postsecular: Modernity Crossed Out (Hardback)

Barbara Vinken

Edité par Stanford University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0804780641 / ISBN 13: 9780804780643
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Titre : Flaubert Postsecular: Modernity Crossed Out ...

Éditeur : Stanford University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : Translation.

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Language: English . Brand New Book. By his national affiliation and choice of genre, French novelist Gustave Flaubert can be considered emblematic of modernity. This book showcases his specific and highly refined imaginary as at once unique and symptomatic of an era. In particular, it contributes to the controversial discussion of modernity s relation to religion. At a time when new religious fundamentalisms throughout the world are on the rise, this has only become a more pressing issue. Through this single acclaimed author, we realize that modernity can only be understood in terms of its critical rewriting of religious dogma. Strikingly, already in Flaubert, this rewriting emerges in conjunction with questions of the Orient and Orientalism. Flaubert s Orient is an Other that is always already within Western society. By highlighting the complexity of the relation between religion, modernity, and the Oriental, Barbara Vinken s discussion of these issues goes beyond simple binaries. Her Flaubert Postsecular is a model of scholarly research with far-reaching political implications. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780804780643

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Synopsis : By his national affiliation and choice of genre, French novelist Gustave Flaubert can be considered emblematic of modernity. This book showcases his specific and highly refined imaginary as at once unique and symptomatic of an era. In particular, it contributes to the controversial discussion of modernity's relation to religion. At a time when new religious fundamentalisms throughout the world are on the rise, this has only become a more pressing issue. Through this single acclaimed author, we realize that modernity can only be understood in terms of its critical rewriting of religious dogma. Strikingly, already in Flaubert, this rewriting emerges in conjunction with questions of the Orient and Orientalism. Flaubert's Orient is an Other that is always already within Western society. By highlighting the complexity of the relation between religion, modernity, and the Oriental, Barbara Vinken's discussion of these issues goes beyond simple binaries. Her "Flaubert Postsecular" is a model of scholarly research with far-reaching political implications.

Critique: ""Flaubert Postsecular" opens up an entirely new perspective not only onto Flaubert as an emblematic figure of literary modernity, but also onto modernity itself. After Vinken's book, we will have to renegotiate what it means to be 'absolutely modern.'"--Susanne Ludemann, author of "Politics of Deconstruction: A New Introduction to Jacques Derrida" (2014)

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