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Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, Literature and the Arts:

This quantity of essays, that's devoted to the overdue Richard Bales, one of many doyens of Proust stories, considers Proust’s pivotal position on the threshold of modernity, among 19th- and twentieth-century types of writing and pondering, among the Belle Epoque and the 1st global struggle, among culture and innovation. greater than only a temporal idea, this threshold is theorized within the quantity as a liminal house the place borders (geographical, creative, own) dissolve, the place better chances for inventive discussion emerge, and the place unforeseen encounters (between artists, genres and disciplines) take place.
Working either forwards and backwards from the booklet dates of A l. a. recherche du temps perdu (1913-27), the seventeen essays written particularly for this quantity take as their concentration Proust’s manifold engagements with the realm of modernity, in addition to intermedial kin one of the generations of artists prior to and instantly after him. in retrospect to the 19th century, the undisputed start line for nascent types of modernity in Western paintings and literature, and a interval that used to be uniquely formative for the younger Proust, additionally they supply insights into inter-artistic discussion in Surrealist and post-Surrealist portray and poetry.

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Annick Bouillaguet Cryptage et décryptage de la présence de Balzac dans l’écriture d’A la recherche du temps perdu Les prédécesseurs de Proust occupent une place plutôt discrète dans son roman et, paradoxalement semble-t-il, moins ils y sont nommés, plus grande est leur inf luence. C’est au moins le cas de Flaubert, auquel on reviendra. Beaucoup plus fréquemment invoqués dans les manuscrits les plus anciens, ils voient progressivement leur identité s’y ef facer, pour disparaître bien souvent dans le texte imprimé.

Proust and the Carlylean Mediation of Dante 21 lating The Bible of Amiens in which Ruskin makes a similar comment,12 and would have immediately compared Ruskin’s wariness on the subject with Carlyle’s surprising attachment for the essentially Roman Catholic concept of Purgatory. It is perhaps interesting to note that The Divine Comedy had always been an important touchstone in the Carlyle family as the various and lifelong references, both playful and serious, to Dante and his work, in Thomas’s correspondence with his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle, attest.

By Willard R.  302–47. In his biography of Marcel Proust, Jean-Yves Tadié identifies the absolute importance of Carlyle: ‘Il n’est pas jusqu’au mot “adoration”, annonçant “l’adoration perpétuelle” Proust and the Carlylean Mediation of Dante 19 nor indeed of Carlyle, on Proust has as yet been the object of a major critical work, I shall limit myself to a commanding passage in ‘Le Héros comme poète’ in which Carlyle encapsulates the essence of Purgatorio. In fact, this pithy paragraph has a double impact on the reader of Les Héros, since Izoulet also cites it in full in his famous introduction, ‘Le Crépuscule des Dieux’.

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