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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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Notes on Contributors Annick Bouillaguet is Professor Emerita of French Language and Literature at the Université de Paris-Est. Her research has focused primarily on intertextuality in Proust, and her principal publications include Marcel Proust, le jeu intertextuel (Nizet, 1990), Proust et les Goncourt (Minard, 1996), and Proust lecteur de Balzac et de Flaubert, une imitation cryptée (Champion, 2000). She is currently working on Proust and silence, and on Madame de Boigne and Madame de Villeparisis. Peter Broome is Emertitus Professor of French Literature at Queen’s University Belfast. A specialist of French poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his principal publications include the twin volumes The Appreciation of Modern French Poetry 1850–1950 and An Anthology of Modern French Poetry 1850–1950 (with Graham Chesters, CUP, 1976), Henri Michaux (Athlone Press, 1977), André Frénaud (Rodopi, 1986), Baudelaire’s Poetic Patterns (Rodopi, 1999) and In the Flesh of the Text: The Poetry of Marie-Claire Banquart (Rodopi, 2008). He has also published a number of translations of contemporary French poetry, including the prize- winning Marie-Claire Bancquart: Énigmatiques/Enigma Variations (Edi- tions VVV, 2004) and André Frénaud: Choix de poèmes (Mellen, 2007). Bernard Brun is a researcher at the CNRS where he led the ‘Équipe Proust’ within the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (ITEM). A specialist of Proust’s manuscripts, he has edited a number of editions of Proust’s novel, including Matinée chez la Princesse de Guermantes (Galli- mard, 1982), ‘Un amour de Swann’, and Le Temps retrouvé (Flammarion, 1986...

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