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Author Finn, Michael R.

Title Proust, the body, and literary form / Michael R. Finn
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 207 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in French ; 59
Cambridge studies in French ; 59.
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922 fast
Proust, Marcel, (1871-1922) -- Critique et interprétation. ram
Proust, Marcel. swd
Subject Neuroses in literature.
Hysteria in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- French.
Hysteria in literature
Neuroses in literature
Neurose
Hysterie
Neurosen.
Hysterie.
Hystérie -- Dans la littérature.
Névroses -- Dans la littérature.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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