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Proust, the body, and literary form

Author: Michael R Finn
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Cambridge studies in French, 59.
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This study examines the connections between Proust's fin-de-siecle 'nervousness' and his apprehensions regarding literary form. Michael Finn shows that Proust's anxieties both about bodily weakness and about novel-writing were fed by a set of intriguing psychological and medical texts, and were mirrored in the nerve-based afflictions of other writers including Flaubert, Baudelaire, Nerval and the Goncourt brothers.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Finn, Michael R.
Proust, the body, and literary form.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press, 1999
(DLC) 98035829
(OCoLC)39456040
Named Person: Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust; Marcel Proust
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael R Finn
ISBN: 0511005075 9780511005077
OCLC Number: 47011052
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 207 pages).
Contents: 1. Proust between neurasthenia and hysteria. Nervous precursors. The novel of the neurasthenic. Writing and volition. Involition's way. Neurasthenia: diagnosis and response --
2. An anxiety of language. Speaking the Other. The language hysteria of Sainte-Beuve. Voicing Bergotte --
3. Transitive writing. Correspondence. Journalism. Literary criticism. The pastiche: 'notre voix interieure' --
4. Form: from anxiety to play. Closure. Openness and incompletion. Structure as iteration. Marcel's voice: the recurring author.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in French, 59.
Responsibility: Michael R. Finn.

Abstract:

This study examines the connections between Proust's fin-de-siecle 'nervousness' and his apprehensions regarding literary form. Michael Finn shows that Proust's anxieties both about bodily weakness and about novel-writing were fed by a set of intriguing psychological and medical texts, and were mirrored in the nerve-based afflictions of other writers including Flaubert, Baudelaire, Nerval and the Goncourt brothers. Finn argues that once Proust cast off his nervous concerns he was free to poke fun at the supposed purity of the novel form.

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