Proust and Venice by Peter Collier
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Proust and Venice
By Peter Collier

Proust and Venice

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Proust and Venice by Peter Collier

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Proust's famous novel A la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) is a fascinating exploration not only of memory and desire, of high society and everyday life, but also of art. The study focuses on Venice, one of the hero's central obsessions, and shows how a whole network of allusions to art (from Titian to Turner, from Ruskin to Emile Male, from Giotto to Bellini, from Byzantine mosaic to the dresses designed by Fortuny after paintings by Carpaccio) ties in with the hero's quest for self-knowledge and self-fulfilment. Peter Collier demonstrates how an understanding of the writer's artistic sources and reworkings can shed light both on Proust's complex prose style and on the aesthetic theory proposed by his novel. Most importantly, Venice and Italian art provide a new key to the central themes of the novel: memory and desire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521673389
ISBN-10: 0521673380
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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