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Madame Bovary et Rides sur les eaux dormantes : deux destins de femmes : étude interculturelle

Abstract : As soon as the works of Gustave Flaubert were translated into Chinese, Chinese readers immediately paid great attention to them. His philosophical thoughts, objectivity and accuracy in writing caused a resonance in Chinese literary circles of the time and profoundly influenced their writings. Chinese translator and novelist, Li Jieren, who was the first translator of Madame Bovary, admitted he was much inspired by the style of Flaubert in this novel. In 1935, ten years after the first translation of Madame Bovary, he began writing his masterpiece Ripples across stagnant water which has been considered by Chinese critics as the Chinese Madame Bovary. Astonishing similarities can be noticed between the two main characters from various aspects. Despite these similarities, Li Jieren’s novel is not just a simple rewriting of the French novel, for there are also many differences in the perspectives of the two women and especially in their fate. This thesis is focusing on the reasons that can explain the major differences in the outcome of each heroine’s story. First within the content of both novels, reasons based on elements differentiating the two women and on their social class. Then, studying at the author’s level, we will look at reasons from a cross-cultural perspective, such as the writing objectives, literary choices and living concepts of Gustave Flaubert and Li Jieren.
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Jia Yi Li. Madame Bovary et Rides sur les eaux dormantes : deux destins de femmes : étude interculturelle. Littératures. Université de Bretagne occidentale - Brest, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012BRES0018⟩. ⟨tel-00807841⟩

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