Proust's Art: Painting, Sculpture and Writing in a la Recherche du Temps Perdu

Proust's Art: Painting, Sculpture and Writing in a la Recherche du Temps Perdu

by Johnathan Paul Murphy
     
 

The author provides an unusual approach to A la recherche du temps perdu, concentrating on the presentation of all the different arts that play a role in the novel. Through these real and imaginary works of art, Proust provides a key to the reading of his own novel, where images break free of their history, the values of creativity and association slowly

Overview

The author provides an unusual approach to A la recherche du temps perdu, concentrating on the presentation of all the different arts that play a role in the novel. Through these real and imaginary works of art, Proust provides a key to the reading of his own novel, where images break free of their history, the values of creativity and association slowly triumph over the rigid schemes of traditional iconography, and the written word inexorably replaces the visual image.
This study is divided into four parts: the first section examines the role of sculpture and statuary, the second looks beyond stone to the various images of the Medusa to be found in the text, the third keeps the emphasis on visual imagery by looking at the role of still-life painting, and the final section concentrates on self-portaiture and on the transmutation of self into text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783906766171
Publisher:
Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Modern French Identities Series, #10
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Jonathan Paul Murphy took his doctorate in French at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has been lecturing in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge.

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