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Proust's Gods: Christian and Mythological Figures of Speech in the Works of Marcel Proust

Margaret Topping

Abstract

This book explores two interweaving networks of imagery that are vital to key thematic areas of Proust's fictional construct. These are Christian and biblical, and classical and mythological figures of speech. Proust's metaphorical vision plucks legends and figures drawn from these sources out of their original settings and thrusts them with all their persistent resonances into new and often unlikely contexts. Yet these deliberately incongruous juxtapositions and the sliding scale of tones they produce are also strangely apt, and amongst the richest sources of humorous effects in the novel. Th ... More

Keywords: Proust, figures of speech, legends, imagery, metaphorical vision, Correspondance, letters, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160083.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Topping, author
University of Wales at Bangor