Proust, the Body, and Literary Form

Proust, the Body, and Literary Form

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This study examines the connections between Proust's fin-de-siecle 'nervousness' and his apprehensions regarding literary form. Michael Finn shows that Proust's anxieties both about bodily weakness and about novel-writing were fed by a set of intriguing psychological and medical texts, and were mirrored in the nerve-based afflictions of other writers including Flaubert, Baudelaire, Nerval and the Goncourt brothers. Finn argues that once Proust cast off his nervous concerns he was free to poke fun at the supposed purity of the novel form.
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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1 online resource (viii, 207 pages).


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