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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: Christian And Biblical Figures Of Speech

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu: Christian And Biblical Figures Of Speech

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Proust's Gods

Margaret Topping

Oxford University Press

The principal features to have emerged in the exploration of both classical and mythological, and Christian and biblical figures of speech in A la recherche underscore Proust's totality of vision and reveal the extent to which these sources are intertwined. Both Christian and mythological narratives are introduced in most thematic areas, and each intertext fulfils distinct, but interdependent, functions within a narrative evolution which is at times cyclical, at times sequential, and at times diffusely organic. Duality and disguise are the threads which bind them all together. Dualities of perspective create a tension between imagination and reality that is only sharpened by Proust's dramatization of the dualities of nature which suffuse the metaphorical structure of the novel. Above all, Christian and mythological texts provide the language of both comedy and tragedy in the novel, and more often a fusion of the two.

Keywords:   figures of speech, duality, intertext, nature, narrative, comedy, tragedy

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