Proust's In Search of Lost Time: The History of a Vocation

By (author) Evers, Meindert

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) grew up in the fin de siecle, a period associated with melancholy and decadence. He knew the temptations of decadence, but freed himself by developing a new conception of art: Perspectivism becomes the aesthetic and philosophical principle of In Search of Lost Time. The novel traces out the path to becoming an artist. It is the history of a vocation. The main figure is initiated into the hidden beauty of the universe by various artists and by signs from his own life, like involuntary memory. A variety of dangers however, lie along the path of the artist. Besides aestheticism, there is the siren call of worldly life which has to be resisted. In the end, art triumphs. For Proust art is not a refuge from life, but the only way to do justice to the modern world. The fascinating and equally disturbing consequence of Proust's radical conception of art is the complete absence of cultural criticism. An advertisement for soap may contain as much poetry as the Pensees of Pascal.

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  • Contents: Fin de siecle - Symbolism - Aestheticism - Involuntary memory - Dreaming and awakening - Perspectivism - Metaphor - Representation of the modern age - Absence of cultural criticism - Homosexuality - Aristocracy - High society.

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書名 Proust's In Search of Lost Time: The History of a Vocation
著作者等 Evers, Meindert
出版元 Peter Lang GmbH
刊行年月 2013.03.25
ページ数 206p
ISBN 9783653031133
言語 英語
出版国 ドイツ