Tuesday, February 5th, 2002, 8:00 PM

FLAUBERT’S MADAME BOVARY: A STUDY IN ENVY AND REVENGE

authors: Jacob A. Arlow, M.D. and Francis Baudry, M.D.
discussant: Stanley J. Coen, M.D.

A number of literary and psychological puzzles persist in Madame Bovary, the great realist novel by Gustave Flaubert written in 1851. One of these is the lack of a clear cut explanation for the relentless rage and fury which the heroine unleashes towards her dull but faithful husband. Flaubert provides us with sufficient clues to infer the operation of numerous motives, including those described by Freud in his paper on ‘The Taboo of Virginity’. Implications for methodology are discussed.