Bovarism

An imagined or unrealistic self-image with sexual overtones, which most commonly affects older single women, in which their fantasised world overlaps and becomes confused in their minds with the real world. The term has also been used to refer to the drive by a married woman to escape the boredom and obligations of her married life
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There is a predisposition to bovarism in every writer, difficult to refrain from, i.
Romania and the Balkans: From Geocultural Bovarism to Ethnic Ontology".
36) Sorin Antohi, "Romania and the Balkans: From Geocultural Bovarism to Ethnic Ontology", Tr@nsit online, 21, (2002).
pioneering analysis of collective bovarism, the complex among the
This "'geocultural Bovarism,' a disposition to leap frog" into Europe, was motivated by the "fear.
In terms of Girardian theory, bovarism implies a lack of autonomy, an inability to forge one's own identity contrary to or in spite of environmental influences (Mentira 9).