La Censure sous le Second Empire: la Condamnation des Fleurs du Mal et l’Innocence de Madame Bovary
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My research focused on literary censorship during the Second Empire France by examining two censorship trials: the 1856 trial of Gustave Flaubert’s realist novel Madame Bovary and the 1857 trial of Charles Baudelaire's anthology of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal. Both works were tried by the same prosecutor and both dealt with similar themes including that of adultery and outrage of good morals. Why then was Flaubert found innocent while Baudelaire was found guilty despite a weaker and lackluster indictment by the prosecutor? The objective of my research was to carefully examine each trial with its involved literary works in order to discover the reasons for these unusual outcomes.