n French Studies in Southern Africa - L'hospitalité du texte




In conclusion to his , Flaubert refers to a stained-glass window of the cathedral of Rouen as its main source. As a result, critics have restricted their search for sources of Flaubert's tale to the hagiography of St Julien. But by confronting the story of St Julien as told by Flaubert with another major text of the nineteenth century whose hero is also called Julien, namely , one discovers striking similarities between the two characters. Is it possible that Stendhal's text based itself already on the legend of St Julien?


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