Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

by Philip Malcolm Waller Thody

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Overview

The starting point of A la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) is an experience everyone has had. We have all had a physical sensation that has reminded us so vividly of a moment in our past that we have almost ceased to be aware of the present. Marcel Proust immortalized this in the first volume of his fifteen-volume novel, in 1913. But the novel, completed just before his death in 1922, deals with many other themes. It is an account of how the narrator, Marcel, discovers his vocation as an artist and explores the nature of art. As a psychological novel, it studies jealousy and how the emotional traumas we undergo in childhood can influence our adult lives. It is the first major novel to offer a detailed account of male and female homosexuality. It is a satirical analysis of French upper-class society at the turn of the century. It also shows how this society changes with time. Philip Thody offers a straightforward analysis of how Proust's novel is constructed, what it contains, and how its themes can be related to our experiences as members of American or English society in the late twentieth century. He explains one of the most complex prose narratives in terms that both educate and entertain the reader who may be unfamiliar with Proust and his work. '...(Thody) writes in a most engagingly down-to-earth manner, conveying a real sense of enthusiasm, and positively luring the reader towards his potentially daunting subject...Professor Thody's contribution holds its own with ease.' Modern and Contemporary France.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312020880
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/01/1988
Series: Modern Novelists Ser.
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

PHILIP THODY is Professor of French Literature at the University of Leeds. Among his many books are studies of Camus, Sartre, Genet, Huxley, Barthes and Anouilh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- General Editor's Preface.- PART 1: THE BOOK, THE MEMORIES AND THE MAN.- PART 2: NARRATION, CHRONOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE.- PART 3: FREUD, CHILDHOOD AND THE UNCONSCIOUS.- PART 4: LOVE, JEALOUSY AND LESBIANISM.- PART 5: HEREDITY, HOMOSEXUALITY AND SCIENCE.- PART 6: LITERATURE IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE.- PART 7: EXCLUSION, SOCIETY AND ADVICE.- PART 8: HUMOUR, OBSERVATION AND REALISM.- PART 9: MODELS, LANGUAGE AND PERSPECTIVE.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.

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