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Flaubert: Writing the Masculine$
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Mary Orr

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159698.001.0001

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La Tentation de Saint Antoine

La Tentation de Saint Antoine

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Flaubert: Writing the Masculine

Mary Orr

Oxford University Press

La Tentation de Saint Antoine (TSA) explores the male self and the structures of the Cartesian mind. The central questions of the cogito, whether they concern subjectivity or what is knowable, come from the standpoint of rational scepticism, but in Descartes's case, with the ultimate aim to prove the existence of God. In and behind TSA lies the dual intertext of both Discours de la Méthode and Méditations, not so much as two books among many in this work's famous ‘bibliothèque’, but as successors of ideological mindsets already in existence in the context of their eminent 3rd-century precursors. This chapter examines the Cartesian intertexts in TSA, specifically their function as proleptic palimpsest to provide the invisible, but no less present, median term of reference.

Keywords:   Flaubert, Descartes, Cartesian intertexts

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