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

Essays in Memory of Richard Bales

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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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Action française 87, 130, 280 Adorno, Theodor W. 3 af fect 8, 179, 181, 185, 193, 194 airplane 6, 86, 160–2, 175 *Albertine (Simonet) 17, 92, 94, 106–7, 148, 153–4, 158–9, 176, 185, 200–1, 205, 206, 207, 224, 225, 226, 229, 306 *Andrée 106 anti-Semitism 92, 148, 260, 261, 268, 271 architecture 11, 18, 24, 77, 165–7, 171–3, 178, 211, 227, 308, 309, 310 Art Nouveau 7, 66, 116, 118–19, 124, 125 automobile 153–4, 162, 176 avant-garde 2, 10, 69, 76, 94, 177, 239, 259, 261, 268, 270, 272, 274, 277, 278, 280 Baju, Anatole 10, 68, 260–81 *Balbec 86, 89, 126, 173, 175, 199–200, 201, 205, 206, 224, 226, 309 Bales, Richard 5, 7–10, 13, 17–18, 26, 36, 49, 85, 97, 99, 119, 162, 165, 176, 179, 185–6, 190, 191, 193, 211–12, 228, 260, 305–7, 311–12, 314 Balzac, Honoré de 6, 18, 39–46, 225 Le Chef d’œuvre inconnu 217–23 Sarrasine 217–23 Les Secrets de la princesse de Cadig- nan 41, 42 Barrès, Maurice 7, 129–48, 260, 269, 270, 280 Barthes, Roland 7, 83, 98, 135, 193, 218, 220–3 Baudelaire, Charles 4, 7, 67, 68, 76–9, 84, 88, 89, 90, 99–104, 106, 110, 198, 250, 257, 263, 271 Les Fleurs du mal 1, 67, 212 Beckett, Samuel 99, 110 Benjamin, Walter 3, 4, 100, 192 *Bergotte 30, 32, 91, 95, 108–10,...

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