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Watts, Andrew: "Cracks in a cartoon landscape. Fragmenting memory in Posy Simmonds’ ‘Gemma Bovery’." In: Essays in French Literature and Culture 48 (2011), S. 45–65.
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Keywords: "Gemma Bovery", "Madame Bovary", Adaption, Flaubert. Gustave, Großbritannien, Identität, Literatur, Memoria, Raum, Simmonds. Posy
Collection: Essays in French Literature and Culture
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This article explores the relationship between memory, identity, and cartoon landscapes in Gemma Bovery (1999). Posy Simmonds' graphic novel offers itself as a satirical redrawing of Madame Bovary. British socialite Gemma is a woman whose expectations of life have been conditioned by glossy magazines and who, like her Flaubertian predecessor, is trapped in a cycle of debt and failed love affairs. Alongside this playful engagement with its canonical source, however, Gemma Bovery also contains a more serious reflection on the way in which personal identity is reconfigured by memory. Transplanting her characters from urban Britain to rural France, Simmonds exposes their attempts to fit in with a new cultural and geographical landscape, only for fragmented memories of the past to hinder their progress.
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