A Reader's Guide to Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time'

A Reader's Guide to Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time'

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Proust's 'A la recherche du temps perdu' (In Search of Lost Time) is many things at once: a novel of education, a portrait of French society during the Third Republic, a masterful psychological analysis of love, a reflection on homosexuality, an essay in moral and aesthetic theory, and, above all, one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. This Reader's Guide analyses each volume of the 'Recherche' in order and in detail. Without jargon or technical language, David Ellison leads the reader through the work, clarifying but not oversimplifying the intricate beauty of Proust's imaginary universe. Focused both on large themes and on narrative and stylistic particularities, Ellison's readings expand our understanding and appreciation of the work and provide tools for the further study of Proust. All French quotations are translated, making this an ideal guide for students of comparative literature as well as of French.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 7 b/w illus.
  • 1139786091
  • 9781139786096

Table of contents

Preface; Chronology; Introduction; 1. Du Cote de chez Swann [The Way by Swann's]; 2. A l'Ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs [In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower]; 3. Le Cote de Guermantes [The Guermantes Way]; 4. Sodome et Gomorrhe [Sodom and Gomorrah]; 5. La Prisonniere and Albertine disparue [The Prisoner and The Fugitive]; 6. Le Temps retrouve [Finding Time Again]; Notes; Works cited; Index.show more

About David R. Ellison

David Ellison is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami, Florida.show more

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'This elegant and luminously written Reader's Guide makes an excellent addition to already existing critical introductions ... A must for students of the Recherche, it also offers stimulating new insights even for the well-versed Proustian.' Modern Language Reviewshow more

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