The Thickness of Art: Paintings and Photographs in Proust’s Recherche

Baldwin, Thomas (2011) The Thickness of Art: Paintings and Photographs in Proust’s Recherche. Modern Language Review, 106 (1). pp. 86-98. ISSN 0026-7937. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to show that Proust's 'celebre jet d'eau d'Hubert Robert' is a strange hybrid: it is a three-dimensional object in a garden, a painting, and a photograph. Moreover, the referential convolutions of Proust's fountain narrative are compounded at its points of contact with the work of other writers, most notably Diderot. Proust's narrative also anticipates key developments in twentieth-century aesthetics, particularly with regard to mechanical reproduction. The article examines the 'definitive' version of Proust's description, a number of early (manuscript) versions, and other passages in A la recherche du temps perdu in which Robert's name occurs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Thomas Baldwin
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2014 12:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41913 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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