This week’s reading response is mostly overlap with this and next week’s writing assignment. Select a “flaneur” passage from A Sentimental Education, or any passage heavy with descriptive detail, and one not quoted by Wood. The passage should exemplify Flaubert’s characterization of his method Wood quotes in Section 30:
An author in his work must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. Art being a second nature, the creator of that nature must operate with analogous procedures: let there be felt in every atom, every aspect, a hidden, infinite impassivity.
In the comments below, start with the Flaubert passage you choose (it may be the same one you use in your writing assignment). Don’t hesitate to type out a long passage – Hunter S. Thompson is said to have typed out The Great Gatsby, just to get the feeling of what it was like to write like FSF.
Next, analyze the passage according to the dynamics of detail that Wood highlights: of varying duration (or “time signatures”), stasis vs. action, seeming randomness vs. potential significance, and the conventions of realism.
This assignment comes to you a bit late, and the Flaubert is on the dense side, so let’s call Sunday night our reading response deadline this week.