Proust, the Body and Literary Form by Michael R. Finn
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Proust, the Body and Literary Form
By Michael R. Finn

Proust, the Body and Literary Form

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Proust, the Body and Literary Form by Michael R. Finn

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This 1999 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 earlier writers including Flaubert, Baudelaire, Nerval and the Goncourt brothers. Finn argues that once Proust cast off his concerns about being a nervous weakling he was freed to poke fun both at the supposed purity of the novel form. Hysteria - as a figure and as a theme - becomes a key to the Proustian narrative, and a certain kind of wordless, bodily copying of gesture and event is revealed to be at the heart of a writing technique which undermines many of the conventions of fiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521641890
ISBN-10: 0521641896
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 226
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This 1999 study examines Proust's involvement with fin-de-siecle 'hysteria', and its impact on the writing of his great novel.

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