Prousts Gods: Christian and Mythological Figures of Speech in the Works of Marcel Proust

Hardcover | August 1, 2000

byMargaret Topping

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Proust's Gods explores two interweaving networks of imagery which are vital to key thematic areas of Proust's fictional construct. These are Christian and biblical, and classical and mythological figures of speech. Proust's metaphorical vision plucks legends and figures drawn from these sources out of their original settings and thrusts them with all their persistent resonances into new and often unlikely contexts. Yet these deliberately incongruous juxtapositions and the sliding scale of tones they produceare also strangely apt, and amongst the richest sources of humorous effects in the novel. The study also analyses the increasing sophistication of Proust's imagery from his earliest writings onwards, and re-evaluates the role of the largely-ignored Correspondance in his development as a writer. Considered as texts rather than biographical documents, the letters are identified as aflexible stylistic 'stamping ground' and an arena for experimentation for later works.

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Proust's Gods explores two interweaving networks of imagery which are vital to key thematic areas of Proust's fictional construct. These are Christian and biblical, and classical and mythological figures of speech. Proust's metaphorical vision plucks legends and figures drawn from these sources out of their original settings and thru...

Margaret Topping is at University of Wales at Bangor.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198160089

ISBN - 13:9780198160083

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Introduction1. A la recherche du temps perdu: Classical and mythological figures of speech2. A la recherche du temps perdu: Christian and biblical figures of speech3. Towards stylistic maturity: Christian and mythological figures of speech in Proust's writing other than A la recherche du temps perduConclusionAppendices:Principal Greek and Roman gods and goddessesDates and places of publication of literary writing excluding A la recherche du temps perduDates correlating to each volume of correspondenceBibliographyIndex

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`finely composed analysis.'Nicholas Whit, TLS