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Proust's GodsChristian and Mythological Figures of Speech in the Works of Marcel Proust$
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Margaret Topping

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198160083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160083.001.0001

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A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu: Classical and Mythological Figures of Speech

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu: Classical and Mythological Figures of Speech

(p.43) 1 A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu: Classical and Mythological Figures of Speech
Proust's Gods

Margaret Topping

Oxford University Press

Classical and mythological figures of speech are fundamental to the development of key areas of A la recherche, and the addition of a number of such images to the later drafts and final version of the novel both enhanced their prominent position within it and produced considerable shifts in the tone of the passages in question. The introduction of figures of speech drawn from classical and mythological sources appears to have been one of the principal means by which the novel became more ironic. In the juxtaposition of incongruous elements and in the intermingling of tones thus produced, Proust has elaborated a rich and complex metaphorical construction, which serves both to deify and to deflate, and also, on occasion, to close the gap between these incongruities, pointing out the magic and enchantment which exist where one would least expect to find them.

Keywords:   figures of speech, mythological sources, A la recherche

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