Proust, The Body And Literary Form by Michael R. FinnProust, The Body And Literary Form by Michael R. Finn

Proust, The Body And Literary Form

byMichael R. FinnEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Michael Finn examines the vogue for nervous afflictions in France in the late nineteenth century, and compares Proust's anxieties about writing In Search of Lost Time to the concerns of earlier writers suffering from nervous conditions, including Flaubert, Baudelaire, Nerval and the Goncourt brothers. Once Proust cast off his fear of being a nervous weakling, he was able to make fun of the supposed purity of the novel form. The author shows how hysteria becomes a key to Proustian narrative, and discusses how together with Proust's use of pastiche, narrative pranks and games, it unlocks a writing technique that undermines conventional fiction.
Title:Proust, The Body And Literary FormFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521027543

ISBN - 13:9780521027540


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Proust between neurasthenia and hysteria; 2. An anxiety of language; 3. Transitive writing; 4. Form: from anxiety to play; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

" intriguing psychological portrait in which Proust the writer finds a cure for his own inability to write literature by conceiving of literary form in dialogic terms--which allowed him to write the novel that he always knew was within him." Choice