Marcel Proust and Spanish America: From Critical Response to Narrative Dialogue

Marcel Proust and Spanish America: From Critical Response to Narrative Dialogue

by Herbert E. Craig


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ISBN-13: 9781611481426
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2002
Pages: 443
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Herbert E. Craig earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1971, when he began to read A la recherche du temps perdu at the time of the Proust Centennial, he attended a lecture delivered at the Collège de France in Paris by the Cuban author Alejo Carpentier, which inspired Craig to study the literary relation between Proust and Spanish America. He worked for many years on this subject while teaching Spanish and French at Bethany College in Kansas, and Spanish, Spanish American literature, and translation at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Table of Contents

Point of Departure: An Intimate Conversation between an Aspiring French Writer and a Young Pianist Born in Venezuela13
1.Reception and Critical Appreciation of A la recherche du temps perdu in Spanish America21
The Introduction of Marcel Proust in Spanish America (1920-1928)25
From Losing a Superficial Proust to Gaining a More Profound One (1929-1949)32
Establishing a Tradition of Reading and Writing about the Recherche (1950-1970)39
From the Proust Centennial until the Recent Past (1971-2000)46
2.The Early Stages and A Definition of the Literary Relation between Proust and Spanish American Writers56
The First Examples: El cantico espiritual (1923) and Ifigenia (1924)61
The Proustian Apprenticeship of a Generation: The Contemporaneos Rewrite A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs71
A Narrative Discussion on Proust in the Sur Group77
Swann's Way and Other Ways of Following Proust95
3.On High Society: Le cote de Guermantes in the New World99
A Debate over the Appropriateness of Proust's Work as a Model for Spanish America101
Attempts at Reconciliation: Spanish Americans in Paris and Proustians in Spanish America109
Using Proust to Defend the Influence of France and the Creativity of the Individual121
4.On Love, Illness, and Consciousness: New World Variations on "Un amour de Swann," La prisonniere, and Sodome et Gomorrhe134
Learning to Understand the Connection between Love and Illness137
Efforts to Understand Homosexual Love145
Going Beyond the Psychological Novel during and since the Boom159
5.On Art, Artists and their Admirers: "A l'ombre des artistes en fleurs" in Spanish America173
Music and Art in the Novel: Impressionist Descriptions and the Life of an Artist177
Updated Interpretations of Art and the Artist: Rayuela and Its Followers186
Mature Writers in the Novel198
6.On Lost Time and the Search for It: Spiritual Equivalents of "Combray" and Albertine disparue212
Childhood as a Lost Paradise216
The Loss of a Beloved and Attempts at Recovery227
Time as Change and as a Destructive Force237
A Culmination of the Themes of Time in the Work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez244
7.On Involuntary Memory: From Applying the Lessons of Le temps retrouve to Dialoguing with Them254
Learning How to Integrate Proustian Memory into a Narrative Structure259
Proustian Memory and Bourgeois Sensuality (1955-1970)265
Four Extended Narrative Dialogues on Searching for the Past and for Wholeness274
8.On Becoming a Writer: Following Proust's Way from "Combray" to Le temps retrouve296
Achieving Success in Writing (and Reading)299
Notebooks Written in Paris307
Narrative Confrontations with Failure317
Final Remarks: From Attention to Detail to the Creation of Vast Syntactical and Narrative Structures for a New Poetic Vision333
A Bibliography of Marcel Proust in Spanish America367
Texts by Marcel Proust in Translation367
Literary Criticism of Proust's Work Written or Published in Spanish America371
Studies on Literary or Personal Relations between Proust and Spanish Americans409
Poems, Plays, Pastiches, and Parodies about Proust417
Testimonials and Other Texts which Demonstrate a Personal Interest in Proust419
Works Cited421
Literary Works and Memoirs421
Critical Studies425

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