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Title: Tales of Good-hearted Women: A Comparison of Gustave Flaubert's ";Un Coeur simple";and Gertrude Stein's ";The Good Anna"
Authors: Chang, Shuei-May
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: Gertrude Stein;Gustave Flaubert;The Good Anna;Un Coeur simple;Three Lives;Trois Contes;Women's Studies
Date: 2008-01
Issue Date: 2013-04-26T04:40:58Z
Publisher: 國立彰化師範大學
Abstract: This paper compares two short stories of good-hearted spinster women. One is "Un Coeur simple" by French writer Gustave Flaubert, and the other is "The Good Anna" by American writer Gertrude Stein. "The Good Anna," one of the three stories in Stein's first book Three Lives, owes its origin partly to Flaubert's "Un Coeur Simple," which is also one of the three stories in a collection called Trois Contes. Both stories are about a female servant who sacrifices herself in working for her mistress and helping her friends. Although the subject is the same, the themes and the ways of presenting the kind women are very different. Flaubert's story celebrates the sacred soul of F�licit�, who is portrayed as a saint-like figure. Stein's character Anna, on the other hand, suggests the author's protest against exploitation through Anna's seemingly authoritative but actually submissive attitude toward the social convention. Moreover, unlike the objective narrative voice in Flaubert's story, Stein deliberately blends the character's language into the total voice of the narration. Therefore, despite the literary debt, Stein rewrites the traditional plot about women's experience by adding the anti-patriarchal element and using innovative narrative language in the portrait of a sacrificial spinster and hence gives the story a new meaning.
Relation: Spectrum: Studies in Language, Literature, Translation, and Interpretation, 2: 85-92
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