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‘When familiar meanings dissolve…’

Essays in French Studies in Memory of Malcolm Bowie


Edited By Naomi D. Segal and Gill Rye

This volume commemorates the work of Malcolm Bowie, who died in 2007. It includes selected papers drawn from the conference held in his memory at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, in May 2008, inspired by his work in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. Malcolm Bowie was instrumental in shaping French studies in the United Kingdom into the interdisciplinary field it now is. The contributions to this collection are grouped around Bowie’s principal interests and specialisms: poetry, Proust, theory, visual art and music. The book is, however, more than a memorial to Malcolm Bowie’s work and legacy. In its inclusion of work by established and eminent members of the academic profession as well as new and emerging scholars, it is also a showcase for cutting-edge work in French studies in the United Kingdom and beyond.


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Acknowledgements ix Note on the Text xi Part 1 xiii Michael Worton Introduction 1 Marina Warner Strange Tongues: Mallarmé in the English Nursery, Beckett in Babel 7 Part 2 Poetry 35 Michael Sheringham Pierre Alferi and the Poetics of the Dissolve: Film and Visual Media in Sentimentale Journée 37 Adam Watt ‘Langage tangage’: Poetic Instability in Mallarmé, Valéry and Leiris 55 Natasha Grigorian Hercules as the Monstrous Hero: The Interplay of Shifting Meanings in Gustave Moreau and José-Maria de Heredia 71 vi Katherine Lunn-Rocklif fe Victor Hugo’s Changing Constellations in ‘À la fenêtre pendant la nuit’ 83 Patrick O’Donovan The Time of Vigny 97 Hugues Azérad Poets as Jugglers of the Concrete: Édouard Glissant, Pierre Reverdy and Modernist Aesthetics 113 Part 3 Proust 133 Joseph Acquisto Cross-referencing Bowie: Layers, Networks and Music in Mallarmé and Proust 135 Carol J. Murphy Reading Bowie Reading Proust 151 Akane Kawakami When the Unfamiliar becomes Familiar…? Proust, Planes and Modernity 163 Kathy McIlvenny Proust and the Indirections of Desire: Third-Party Involvement in the Love Relationships of À la Recherche du temps perdu 179 Gabrielle Townsend Dissolving the Familiar: Le Port de Carquethuit and Metaphor 193 vii Áine Larkin Suspect Surfaces and Depths: Radiographic Images, Perception and Memory 205 Kathrin Yacavone The ‘Scattered’ Proust: On Barthes’s Reading of the Recherche 219 Part 4 Theory, Visual Arts, Music 233 Alison Finch The French Concept of ‘Inf luence’ 235 Henriette Korthals Altes The Sublime Revisited: Theory as Fiction in the Essays of Pascal Quignard...

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