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Flaubert's Parrot
 
Flaubert's Parrot, by Julian Barnes (Vintage Edition)

 

Barnes's "breakthrough" novel about an English doctor's obsession with Gustave Flaubert and his use of Flaubert's writings to make sense of his own life. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Julian Barnes writes about the creation of Flaubert's Parrot in The Guardian (5 March 2005) -- "When Flaubert Took Wing"

"Gustave imagined he was a wild beast -- he loved to think of himself as a polar bear, distant, savage and solitary. I went along with this, I even called him a wild buffalo of the American prairie; but perhaps he was really just a parrot."
-- Flaubert's Parrot, 151.

 

English Editions (View Translations)

Flaubert's Parrot. London: Jonathan Cape, 1984. £8.50. Print run: 3000.

Flaubert's Parrot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. $13.95.

Flaubert's Parrot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Pp. 190. Paperbound with setting and cover illustration as in A5(b). Book Club edition.

Flaubert's Parrot. London: Picador, 1985. Pp. 190. Other edition: Picador, 2002. Pp. 229.

Flaubert's Parrot. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1985. Pp. 216.

Flaubert's Parrot. New York: Vintage International, 1990. Pp. 190.

Flaubert's Parrot. London: Bloomsbury Classics, 1992. £10.95.

Flaubert's Parrot / Talking It Over. London: Quality Paperbacks Direct, 2000. Pp. 498. [Joint edition].


Reviews

In addition to the resources listed here, Vanessa Guignery (Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne) has compiled a bibliography as a resource for French Agrégation 2002:
http://www.univ-pau.fr/saes/pb/concours/bibliconc/02/Barnes.html.

Fokkema, Aleid. "The Author: Postmodernism's Stock Character." IN Franssen, Paul, and Ton Hoenselaars, eds. The Author as Character: Representing Historical Writers in Western Literature. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1999. p. 39-51.

Brooks, Neil. "Interred Textuality: The Good Soldier and Flaubert's Parrot." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 41(1) (Fall 1999): 45-51. (ISSN: 0011-1619)

Guignery, Vanessa. "'My Wife ... Died': une mort en pointillé dans Flaubert's Parrot de J. Barnes." Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines no.17 (1999).

Hurrell, Greg. "Untitled Essay on Flaubert's Parrot." Wincent's Web Page, 1997.
From the site: "Wincent (a pseudonym) is a student currently undertaking studies at Flinders University, South Australia, towards a bachelor's degree in Education. Wincent has established this web site for the publication of written works (assessment and research pieces) produced in the course of his studies."

Shephear, Tania. "Towards a Description of Atypical Narratives: A Study of the Underlying Organisation of Flaubert's Parrot." Language and Discourse 5 (1997): 71-95. (ISSN: 1351-0878)

Raykowski, Harald. "Gegenwartsromane im Englischunterricht? Julian Barnes und der neue historische Roman." Neusprachliche Mitteilungen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis 50(2) (1997): 93-97. (ISSN: 0028-3983)

Guignery, Vanessa. "Palimpseste et pastiche generique chez Julian Barnes." Etudes Anglaises 50(1) (January-March 1997): 40-52. (ISSN: 0014-195X)

Giovannelli, Laura. "I codici infranti: Inclusivita, riscrittura e metanarrativita in Flaubert's Parrot di Julian Barnes." Strumenti Critici 10(2) (May 1995): 271-86. (ISSN: 0039-2618)

Petit, Michel. "'Gourstave Flaubear': L'Intertextualite contrastive comme procede metafictionnel dans Flaubert's Parrot de Julian Barnes." IN Max Duperray, ed. Historicite et metafiction dans le roman contemporain des Iles Britanniques. Aix en Provence: Univ. de Provence, 1994. p. 121-37.

Bell, William. "Not Altogether a Tomb -- Julian Barnes: Flaubert's Parrot." Imitating Art: Essays in Biography. Ed. David Ellis. London: Pluto Press, 1993. 149-173.

Scott, James B. "Parrot as Paradigms: Infinite Deferral of Meaning in Flaubert's Parrot." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 21(3) (July 1990): 57-68. (ISSN: 0004-1327)

Suarez, Ramon. "Notas acerca de un loro famoso." Revista Chilena de Literatura 29 (April 1987): 151-155. (ISSN: 0048-7651)

Salgas, Jean Pierre. "Julian Barnes n'en a pas fini avec Flaubert." La Quinzaine Litteraire no.463 (16-31 May 1986): 10-13. (ISSN: 0048-6493)

Bragg, Melvyn. "In Fine Feather." Punch 287 (October 17, 1984): 22-23.

Hope, Mary. "Pretty Polly." Spectator 253 (November 3, 1984): 26-27.

Brooks, Peter. "Obsessed With the Hermit of Croisset." New York Times Book Review 90 (March 10, 1985): 7, 9.

Taliaferro, Frances. "A Flaubertian Flight of Fantasy." Wall Street Journal (April 5, 1985): 15.

Kermode, Frank. "Obsessed With Obsession." New York Review of Books 32 (April 25, 1985): 15-16.

Updike, John. "A Pair of Parrots." New Yorker 61(22) (July 22, 1985): 86-90.

Sinclair, Mick. "Unpublished Review of Flaubert's Parrot." Jamming! 1985. (Note: This review was never published. Provided by Mick Sinclair.)


Related Internet Sites and Publications

BBC Radio 4: Book Club. James Naughtie and a selected panel of guests discuss Flaubert's Parrot with Julian Barnes. Originally aired December 5, 1999. This website provided a very brief transcript of the program.

Vanessa Guignery summarizes the two interviews with Julian Barnes conducted as part of the conference in Rouen, November 2001. Read the summaries

"Julian Barnes in Conversation." Cercles 4 (2002): 255-269. Interview conducted by Vanessa Guignery during a Flaubert's Parrot conference in Rouen, November 2001. Available in .pdf format at: http://www.cercles.com/n4/barnes.pdf

Guignery, Vanessa. Julian Barnes. L’art du mélange. Bordeaux: Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2001. (136 p.) ISBN 2-86781-281-X. (12€)

Guignery, Vanessa. Flaubert’s Parrot de Julian Barnes. Paris: Nathan université/Armand Colin, 2001. (140 p.) ISBN 2-200-26198-5. (15€)

Flaubert's Parrot de Julian Barnes: "un symbole du logos?" Rouen: Publications de l'université de Rouen, 2002. (PUR n° 311) (24 x 16 cm) 138p. ISBN: 2-87775-321-2 (17 €, plus shipping).

 
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