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Marcel ProustThe Fictions of Life and of Art$
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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931514.001.0001

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Social ContextsObservation and Invention

Social ContextsObservation and Invention

(p.129) Chapter FourSocial ContextsObservation and Invention
Marcel Proust

Leo Bersani

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a close study of the Proustian social world in an attempt to illustrate the degree of separation in the novel between the narrator and external reality, and the role of the world as an allegorical representation of the narrator's psychology. The analysis includes the aristocracy's glamour; society as a work of art; reflections of Marcel's psychology in the social world; the variety of characterization in A la Recherche du temps perdu; and the distinction between Marcel the character and Proust the author.

Keywords:   Marcel Proust, social world, narrator, aristocracy, society, A la Recherche du temps perdu

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