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Au seuil de la modernité: Proust, Literature and the Arts

Essays in Memory of Richard Bales


Edited By Nigel Harkness and Marion Schmid

This volume of essays, which is dedicated to the late Richard Bales, one of the doyens of Proust studies, considers Proust’s pivotal role at the threshold of modernity, between nineteenth- and twentieth-century forms of writing and thinking, between the Belle Epoque and the First World War, between tradition and innovation. More than just a temporal concept, this threshold is theorized in the volume as a liminal space where borders (geographical, artistic, personal) dissolve, where greater possibilities for artistic dialogue emerge, and where unexpected encounters (between artists, genres and disciplines) take place.
Working both backwards and forwards from the publication dates of A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-27), the seventeen essays written specially for this volume take as their focus Proust’s manifold engagements with the world of modernity, as well as intermedial relations among the generations of artists before and immediately after him. Looking back to the nineteenth century, the undisputed starting point for nascent forms of modernity in Western art and literature, and a period that was uniquely formative for the young Proust, they also offer insights into inter-artistic dialogue in Surrealist and post-Surrealist painting and poetry.


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Contents Acknowledgements xi Abbreviations xiii Nigel Harkness and Marion Schmid Introduction 1 1 Mediations 15 Catherine O’Beirne Proust and the Carlylean Mediation of Dante 17 Annick Bouillaguet Cryptage et décryptage de la présence de Balzac dans l’écriture d’A la recherche du temps perdu 39 Timothy Unwin Proust, Flaubert, et Flaubert avant Flaubert 49 Marion Schmid Proust et Robert de Montesquiou: décadence, classicisme, originalité 65 viii II Cultures of Modernity 81 Alison Finch Marcel Proust: Cultural Historian 83 Adam Watt Proust, Poet of the Ordinary 97 Cynthia Gamble 22 rue de Provence: Siegfried Bing’s Hub of Art Nouveau Creativity and its ‘Rayonnement’ in the World of Proust 113 Edward J. Hughes On the Nation and its Culture: Proust, Barrès and Daniel Halévy 129 III Ontologies of the Modern 149 Jack Jordan Proust’s Narrator: Travels in the Space-Time Continuum 151 Diane R. Leonard Proust in the Fourth Dimension 165 Patrick O’Donovan Proust’s ‘grands chagrins utiles’: Beyond Contingency? 179 Jean Milly Levers de rideau amoureux chez Proust 195 ix IV Artistic Correspondences 209 Nigel Harkness Ut sculptura poesis? Literary-Sculptural Intersections in Balzac and Proust 211 Clare Moran From Maeterlinck to Masks: Theatre and Mise en Scène in the Art of Fernand Khnopf f and James Ensor 237 Patrick McGuinness The Language of Politics in Symbolist and Decadent Polemic: From Le Décadent to the École romane 259 Peter Broome Michaux and Magritte 283 V Postface 301 Bernard Brun Hommage à Richard Bales, pionnier des études proustiennes 305...

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