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This quantity of essays, that's devoted to the past due Richard Bales, one of many doyens of Proust experiences, considers Proust’s pivotal position on the threshold of modernity, among 19th- and twentieth-century kinds of writing and considering, among the Belle Epoque and the 1st global conflict, among culture and innovation. greater than only a temporal inspiration, this threshold is theorized within the quantity as a liminal area the place borders (geographical, creative, own) dissolve, the place higher percentages for creative discussion emerge, and the place unforeseen encounters (between artists, genres and disciplines) take place.
Working either back and forth from the e-book dates of A l. a. recherche du temps perdu (1913-27), the seventeen essays written in particular for this quantity take as their concentration Proust’s manifold engagements with the area of modernity, in addition to intermedial relatives one of the generations of artists earlier than and instantly after him. on reflection to the 19th century, the undisputed place to begin for nascent varieties of modernity in Western artwork and literature, and a interval that was once 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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Quand Swann descend de voiture, il aperçoit le petit peuple des grooms et oublie un instant son chagrin en les contemplant: Swann prit plaisir à voir les héritiers des ‘tigres’ de Balzac, les grooms, suivants ordinaires de la promenade qui, chapeautés et bottés, restaient dehors devant l’hôtel sur le sol de l’avenue, ou devant les écuries comme des jardiniers auraient été rangés à l’entrée de leurs parterres. (RTP, i, 317) Ces tigres sont ef fectivement présents chez Balzac, dans Les Secrets de la princesse de Cadignan, auquel renvoyait déjà le pastiche déclaré intitulé ‘Dans un roman de Balzac’, appartenant à la série des pastiches Lemoine que Proust rédige entre 1908 et 1909.

J’en proposerai cinq à l’œuvre dans les exemples 1 Nous lui avons consacré un ouvrage intitulé Proust lecteur de Balzac et de Flaubert. L’imitation cryptée (Paris: Champion, 2000). 40 Annick Bouillaguet retenus, et qui permettent chaque fois le décryptage de l’imitation. L’indice le plus fréquent et le plus évident est le nom (quand il subsiste, mais sans jamais être explicitement désigné comme l’élément d’une inf luence) de l’écrivain subrepticement pastiché ou de l’un de ses personnages. Ces noms suscitent alors l’émergence de fragments imitatifs dans leur environnement (les lignes qui les entourent).

133. 28 Of course, here Dante’s complaint about the artist’s subservience to aristocratic patronage comes to mind: ‘e come è duro calle | lo scendere e l salir per l’altrui scale’ [how hard the path to descend and mount by another man’s stairs] (Paradiso, xvii, 58–60).  140. 26 Catherine O’Beirne des encorbellements d’édifice’, stays in the memory of this stone-mason’s son who in homage to his father’s life-long manual work frequently uses many such architectural comparisons in his writings. Among the ‘corbellike’ souls oppressed by the weight of the stones which they must carry as penitence for their stif f-necked and haughty deportment on Earth are various exponents of prideful demeanour.

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