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Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations

Baldwin, Thomas (2019) Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations. Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 62 . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, 200 pp. ISBN 978-1-78962-001-6. E-ISBN 978-1-78962-408-3. (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

This book confronts the singularity of the relationship between two exemplary writers of the last century in order to challenge and to reinvigorate our notions of what art and criticism – literary or otherwise – can do. While it takes Roland Barthes’s encounters with Marcel Proust’s monumental masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu as its specific focus, the implications of its argument are far-reaching. Indeed, the book argues that Barthes’s writing on Proust’s work between the early 1950s and 1980 (including a substantial set of unpublished notes for a series of seminars delivered at the University of Rabat in 1969–1970) proposes not only a critical culture of Proust that is productively inconsistent, but also, more generally, a fresh understanding of criticism as a creative activity that embraces insecurity and variation as it refuses to remain fixed upon reassuringly stable themes, meanings and interpretations.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PC Romance philology and languages
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance Literature > PQ1 French Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > French
Depositing User: Thomas Baldwin
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 09:33 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 16:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73441 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Baldwin, Thomas: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8604-2863
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