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Proust, Class, and Nation

Edward J. Hughes


As an extended textual construction, first conceived of in 1908 and the last tranche of which reached its reading public almost two decades later, A la recherche du temps perdu was being written against a backdrop of momentous historical events in France. This book seeks to establish the nature of Proust’s engagement with many of the social and national issues of the day, from his early public campaigning, pre-1908, first as a Dreyfusard and then as an opponent of the separation of Church and State in 1905, through to the mature writer’s reflection, channelled through his novel, on key ideolog ... More

Keywords: Proust, social class, nation, nationalism, textual composition, Third French Republic, ideology, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward J. Hughes, author
Professor of French, Queen Mary, University of London