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Proust’s English

Daniel Karlin


English is the ‘second language’ of A la recherche du temps perdu. Although much has been written about Proust’s debt to English literature especially Ruskin, this book is the first to focus on his knowledge of the language itself — on vocabulary, idiom, and etymology. This book uncovers an ‘English world’ in Proust’s work, a world whose social comedy and artistic values reveal surprising connections to some of the novel’s central preoccupations with sexuality and art. Anglomanie — the fashion for all things English — has been as powerful a presence in French culture as hostility to perfide Al ... More

Keywords: English, Proust, Ruskin, vocabulary, idiom, etymology, social comedy, artistic values, sexuality, Anglomanie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Karlin, author
Graduate Director for the School of English, University of Sheffield