History and Ideology in Proust

History and Ideology in Proust

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An insightful historical reading of Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece. No major writer of the twentieth century seems a less likely candidate for Marxist analysis than Marcel Proust. A wealthy dilettante and notable fixture in the Parisian salons, Proust chronicled and anatomized the world of France's upper classes, earning a reputation among both contemporaries and subsequent generations for aesthetic refinement and social snobbery. Yet in a reconsideration of Proust's masterpiece, A la recherche du temps perdu, Michael Sprinker reveals Proust to be an acute observer of the struggle between the bourgeoisie and aristocracy in the Third Republic. Drawing on historical scholarship on the Third Republic, Sprinker shows how Proust's novel can extend our understanding of this period, particularly in areas less well mapped in standard historical studies such as nationalist ideology and gender roles.sexual preference (in A la recherche) 130a€”2, diagram 3.3 sexuality 14, 118a€”53 .ree also bisexuality; homosexuality; lesbianism ... 145, diagram: 2.2, 3.5 Socialist Party (French), 60, 1 1 1 Society/Not-Society, theme of 173a€”4 Sodome et Gomorrhe 71, 91, 95, 104 ... Charles Maurice de 40 Tansonville (in A la recherche) 14, 4g, 74, 157, 168, 169 a€œTansonvillen (in A la recherche) 157, 160 tarifls 36 Le 1m!

Title:History and Ideology in Proust
Author:Michael Sprinker
Publisher:Verso - 1998


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