This volume sets Marcel Proust's masterwork, Á la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, 1913–27), in its cultural and socio-historical contexts. Essays by the leading scholars in the field attend to Proust's biography, his huge correspondence, and the genesis and protracted evolution of his masterpiece. Light is cast on Proust's relation to thinkers and artists of his time, and to those of the great French and European traditions of which he is now so centrally a part. There is vivid exploration of Proust's reading; his attitudes towards contemporary social and political issues; his relation to journalism, religion, sexuality, science and travel, and how these figure in the Recherche. The volume closes with a comprehensive survey of Proust's critical reception, from reviews during his lifetime to the present day, including assessments of Proust in translation and the broader assimilation of his work into twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture.
Table of Contents
Preface Adam Watt; Part I. Life and Works: 1. Life William C. Carter; 2. Correspondence Luc Fraisse, translated by Lesley Lawn; 3. Finding a form: 'Les Plaisirs et les jours' to 'Contre Sainte-Beuve' Nathalie Aubert; 4. Finding a voice: from Ruskin to the pastiches Cynthia Gamble; 5. Composition and publication of Á la recherche du temps perdu Nathalie Mauriac Dyer; Part II. Historical and Cultural Contexts: i. The Arts: 6. Proust's reading Caroline Szylowicz; 7. Decadence and the fin de siècle Marion Schmid; 8. Paris and the avant-garde Hugues Azerad; 9. The novelistic tradition Hugues Azerad and Marion Schmid; 10. Philosophy Thomas Baldwin; 11. Painting Gabrielle Townsend; 12. Music Julian Johnson; 13. Theatre and dance Áine Larkin; ii. Self and Society: 14. Freud and psychoanalysis Céline Surprenant; 15. Sexuality Elisabeth Ladenson; 16. Health and medicine Michael R. Finn; 17. Technology and science Sarah Tribout-Joseph; 18. Religion Margaret Topping; 19. Travel Margaret Topping; 20. Journalism Christine M. Cano; 21. Politics and class Edward J. Hughes; 22. The Dreyfus Affair Edward J. Hughes; 23. The First World War Brigitte Mahuzier; Part III. Critical Reception: 24. Critical reception during Proust's lifetime Anna Magdalena Elsner; 25. Early critical responses, 1922 to 1950s Vincent Ferré; 26. Mid-twentieth-century views, 1960s to 1980s Thomas Baldwin; 27. Late-twentieth- and twenty-first-century responses Adam Watt; 28. Modernism David Ellison; 29. Adaptations/afterlives Margaret E. Gray; 30. Translations Michael Wood.