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Proust and America

Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""It's odd," Proust wrote in 1910, "how in every genre, however different ... there's no literature that has a power over me comparable to English and American." While recent studies of A la recherche du temps perdu have focused on Proust's Anglomanie, this volume offers in the spirit of Proust's admission the first comparative reading of his novel in the context of American art, literature, and culture. In doing so  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Murphy
ISBN: 9781846311147 1846311144
OCLC Number: 154689970
Description: xi, 260 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the spirit of liberty --
Le Côte de New York, or Marcel in America --
The impossible possible philosophers' man --
A bout de souffle --
Exquisite corpses/buried texts --
Proust's butterfly
Responsibility: Michael Murphy.
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Offers a comparative reading of the Proust in the context of American art, literature, and culture. This volume examines Proust's American influences - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, and James  Read more...

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"Proust and America? The announced subject seems a little far-fetched, but Murphy's associative readings are well worth attending to."--Peter Brooks "TLS "

 
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