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Flaubert's Cailloux: Hard Labour and the Beauty of Stones

Bray, P; (2018) Flaubert's Cailloux: Hard Labour and the Beauty of Stones. In: White, C and Waithe, M, (eds.) The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830-1930: Authorial Work Ethics. (pp. 97-110). Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

Gustave Flaubert famously referred to himself as a ‘casseur de cailloux’ [common stonebreaker], intriguing future literary critics, who tend to think of him as the hardest-working chiseller of sentences. This contrast between mental labour and physical labour belies other connections that help us understand how Flaubert’s text relates to corporeality, labour, politics, and aesthetics. Flaubert’s ‘cailloux’, or stones, especially in Bouvard et Pécuchet, mediate between the materiality of ink on the page and the abstract meaning of words, resulting in a text that is both ‘pulverized’ and transcendent.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Flaubert's Cailloux: Hard Labour and the Beauty of Stones
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55253-2_6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55253-2_6
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Aesthetics, Corporeality, Gustave Courbet, Gustave Flaubert, Jacques Rancière, Labour, Roland Barthes, Stone
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127188
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