The Cambridge companion to Proust

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Bales, Richard.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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In light of the recent explosion in Proust criticism, many of the authors of these accessible essays will already be familiar to the casual reader, since they have recently published their own books on Proust. For example, Proust biographer William Carter (Marcel Proust: A Life, CH, Sep'00) covers autobiographical elements in Proust's work and Proust's own search to begin writing his masterpiece (other essayists point out the recently acknowledged shortcomings of such an approach). Roger Shattuck, author of several Proust titles, describes the artistic structure of the Recherche as a cycle of "lost and found." And Malcolm Bowie (Proust among the Stars, 1998, among other works) makes a case for paying attention to the details in the novel, which often get overlooked in the face of the work's massive size. Other topics include the social and historical setting of Recherche, the influence of Ruskin on Proust, and the identity of the narrator. Though scholars will find little that is new in this collection, the panoramic view of approaches that it offers is valuable. Accordingly, the collection will be most useful for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students who have read some Proust and seek a critical overview of the major topics and themes in Proust scholarship. A. T. Vaver Brandeis University

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