Proust's «In Search of Lost Time»: The History of a Vocation by Meindert EversProust's «In Search of Lost Time»: The History of a Vocation by Meindert Evers

Proust's «In Search of Lost Time»: The History of a Vocation

byMeindert Evers

Hardcover | March 27, 2013

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Marcel Proust (1871-1922) grew up in the fin de siècle, a period associated with melancholy and decadence. He knew the temptations of decadence, but freed himself by developing a new conception of art: Perspectivism becomes the aesthetic and philosophical principle of In Search of Lost Time. The novel traces out the path to becoming an artist. It is the history of a «vocation». The main figure is initiated into the hidden beauty of the universe by various artists and by «signs» from his own life, like involuntary memory. A variety of dangers however, lie along the path of the artist. Besides aestheticism, there is the siren call of worldly life which has to be resisted. In the end, art triumphs. For Proust art is not a refuge from life, but the only way to do justice to the modern world. The fascinating and equally disturbing consequence of Proust’s radical conception of art is the complete absence of cultural criticism. An advertisement for soap may contain as much poetry as the Pensées of Pascal.
Meindert Evers, born in 1944, a former lecturer at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), has lived in Munich since 2005 and gives lectures on cultural history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
Title:Proust's «In Search of Lost Time»: The History of a VocationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:March 27, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631629311

ISBN - 13:9783631629314

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Table of Contents

Contents: Fin de siècle – Symbolism – Aestheticism – Involuntary memory – Dreaming and awakening – Perspectivism – Metaphor – Representation of the modern age – Absence of cultural criticism – Homosexuality – Aristocracy – High society.