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Madame Bovary’s wedding cake unveiled in the Oxford Covered Market

A reproduction of Madame Bovary’s “extravagant” wedding ceremony cake was unveiled this week, November fifteenth, within the Cake Store on Oxford’s Lined Market.

This “uncommon” challenge was initiated by The Cake Store in collaboration with Professor Jennifer Yee from the French sub-faculty of Oxford College.

This occasion marks the 2 hundredth birthday of the French traditional Gustave Flaubert, writer of the novel Madame Bovary.

Learn extra: Jewelers within the lined market have been open for 75 years!

Deputy Mayor Steve Goddard opened the occasion, which was attended by college students from Oxford College and the Oxford department of the Alliance française.

Professor Yee obtained a TORCH Humanities microfund grant for this challenge.

She stated: “[This project] is well timed due to Flaubert’s 2 hundredth anniversary, but in addition as a result of I feel that after this darkish interval of lockdown all of us have quite a bit to achieve from literature, together with – maybe particularly – its shocking and humorous facet.

“This challenge has a really severe side associated to my work on materials objects and the visible arts in literary texts, however creating an actual cake is definitely not a regular analysis output and I’m very grateful to the humanities cultural program for taking up such a weird and weird challenge. ”

Emma Bovary’s romantic aspirations and aesthetics, that are tempered by the tough actuality, are a central theme of the novel.

The “well-known, lavish, ridiculous and exaggeratedly romantic wedding ceremony cake” primarily based on the unique literary depictions in Flaubert’s novel was created with out depictions of the cake.

The completed cake might be on show in The Cake Store’s window till December third.

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