The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique

The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique

by Frank Rosengarten


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The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique by Frank Rosengarten

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of young Proust’s evolving conception of the world, from his early friendships and educational experiences in the 1880s to the turn of the twentieth century. It looks in detail at his early fictional and critical writings, his associations with various literary periodicals, and the social milieus in which he moved. Its primary purpose is to understand Proust as a worldly figure with concrete attitudes and ideas about such issues as social class, the relationship between art and society, the responsibilities of the writer, and the debate between materialism and idealism as seen in the context of mid- to late-nineteenth-century thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820451268
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2001
Series: Francophone Cultures and Literatures Series , #34
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Frank Rosengarten is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Italian from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in French from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. In addition to more than sixty articles, essays, and book reviews, Rosengarten is author of Vasco Pratolini: The Development of a Social Novelist; The Italian Anti-Fascist Press (1919-1945); and Silvio Trentin: Dall’interventismo alla Resistenza. He is the editor of Antonio Gramsci – Letters from Prison, 2 vols., and a co-editor of New Studies in the Politics and Culture of U.S. Communism.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Socioliterary World of the Young Proust25
Chapter 1Eros and Friendship at the Lycee Condorcet27
Chapter 2Three Parisian Literary Reviews in the 1890's: Le Mensuel, Le Banquet and La Revue Blanche41
Chapter 3With Reynaldo Hahn in Town and Country63
Chapter 4Young Proust, Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, and the Society of the Parisian Salons73
Part 2Literary and Ideological Crosscurrents in Pleasures and Days89
Chapter 5The Vicissitudes of a Text91
Chapter 6Problems of Structure, Unity and Aesthetic Philosophy101
Chapter 7Elitism and the Primacy of the Spiritual119
Chapter 8A Profusion of Intertextuality137
Part 3The Critic and the Novelist157
Chapter 9Critical Principles159
Chapter 10Literary Text and Ideology in Jean Santeuil185

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