Le sottisier agricole de Bouvard et Pécuchet

Abstract : At first, it is for the chapter dealing with agriculture that Flaubert has to obtain a huge documentation and to deal with it. It is necessary both to write the adventures of the two characters (which form the “first volume” of Bouvard et Pécuchet) and to collect materials for a "second volume," a "critical encyclopedia conceived as a farce" which remains as a work in progress due to the sudden death of the writer. Although completeness is perhaps one of the least pending issues for the agricultural part of the collected idiotic facts, an examination of various printed editions points out notable differences between them. Once the true nature of the "agricultural style," according to Flaubert, has emerged, it is interesting to make use of "the agency," a computer tool which is able to produce "possible second volumes" (http://www.dossiers-flaubert.fr/) in order to outline a new set of agricultural idiocies.
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Stéphanie Dord-Crouslé. Le sottisier agricole de Bouvard et Pécuchet. Revue Flaubert, Centre Flaubert, 2019. ⟨halshs-02275613⟩

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