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The Cambridge companion to Proust
Bales, Richard.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

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xxi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
From Belle Epoque to First World War: the social panorama / Cynthia Gamble -- The vast structure of recollection: from life to literature / William C. Carter -- Ruskin and the cathedral of lost souls / Diane R. Leonard -- The birth and development of A la recherche du temps perdu / Marion Schmid -- Lost and found: the structure of Proust's novel / Roger Shattuck -- Proust's narrator / Brian Rogers -- The unconscious / Jack Jordan -- The texture of Proust's novel / Joshua Landy -- Proust's human comedy / Hollie Markland Harder -- Proust and social spaces / Edward J. Hughes -- Love, sexuality and friendship / Alison Finch -- Proust and the fine arts / Richard Bales -- Proust and posterity / David Ellison -- Postlude: Proust and the art of brevity / Malcolm Bowie.
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The Cambridge Companion to Proust, first published in 2001, aims to provide a broad account of the major features of Marcel Proust's great work A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-27). The specially commissioned essays, by acknowledged experts on Proust, address a wide range of issues relating to his work. Progressing from background and biographical material, the chapters investigate such essential areas as the composition of the novel, its social dimension, the language in which it is couched, its intellectual parameters, its humour, its analytical profundity and its wide appeal and influence. Particular emphasis is placed on illustrating the discussion of issues by frequent recourse to textual quotation (in both French and English) and close analysis. This is the only contributory volume of its kind on Proust currently available. Together with its supportive material, a detailed chronology and bibliography, it will be of interest to scholars and students alike.

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Choice Review

In light of the recent explosion in Proust criticism, many of the authors of these accessible essays will already be familiar to the casual reader, since they have recently published their own books on Proust. For example, Proust biographer William Carter (Marcel Proust: A Life, CH, Sep'00) covers autobiographical elements in Proust's work and Proust's own search to begin writing his masterpiece (other essayists point out the recently acknowledged shortcomings of such an approach). Roger Shattuck, author of several Proust titles, describes the artistic structure of the Recherche as a cycle of "lost and found." And Malcolm Bowie (Proust among the Stars, 1998, among other works) makes a case for paying attention to the details in the novel, which often get overlooked in the face of the work's massive size. Other topics include the social and historical setting of Recherche, the influence of Ruskin on Proust, and the identity of the narrator. Though scholars will find little that is new in this collection, the panoramic view of approaches that it offers is valuable. Accordingly, the collection will be most useful for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students who have read some Proust and seek a critical overview of the major topics and themes in Proust scholarship. A. T. Vaver Brandeis University

Table of Contents

IntroductionRichard Bales
1 From Belle Epoque to First World War: the social panoramaCynthia Gamble
2 The vast structure of recollection: from life to literatureWilliam C. Carter
3 Ruskin and the cathedral of lost soulsDiane R. Leonard
4 The birth and development of A la recherche du temps perduMarion Schmid
5 Lost and found: the structure of Proust's novelRoger Shattuck
6 Proust's NarratorBrian Rogers
7 The unconsciousJack Jordan
8 The texture of Proust's novelJoshua Landy
9 Proust's human comedy HollieMarkland Harder
10 Proust and social spacesEdward J. Hughes
11 Love, sexuality and friendshipAlison Finch
12 Proust and the fine artsRichard Bales
13 Proust and posterityDavid Ellison
Proust and the art of brevityMalcolm Bowie