Proust Writing Photography
Fixing the Fugitive in À la recherche du temps perdu

Áine Larkin

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

26 August 2011  •  222pp

ISBN: 978-1-907747-95-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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The importance of vision and visual arts such as painting, theatre, and sculpture in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu has long been affirmed; another significant system of visual representation in the novel is photography. Proust appropriated photography as a practice with its own distinctive characteristics which could inform his writing about the processes of perception and memory. Through close textual analysis of scenes where photography is experienced or observed as a practice, and scenes where photography is written into the body of the text, Áine Larkin offers an invigorating new study that sheds genuinely new light on the presence of photographic motifs in Proust's novel, and the subtlety of Proust's engagement with this modern imaging system in his work.

Reviews:

  • ‘Throughout the volume, Larkin’s close readings often provide fresh insights by situating themselves at a tangent to existing interpretations. In this way they form an individual trajectory, turning the study into a valuable source of orientation and stimulation for experts and newcomers to the field alike.’ — Katja Haustein, French Studies 67.1 (January 2013), 115-16
  • ‘Áine Larkin makes an excellent contribution to this already well established field of study with this systematic analysis of the manifold ways in which Proust appropriates photography for both thematic and stylistic purposes.’ — Marion Schmid, Modern and Contemporary France 20.4 (September 2012), 514-16

Bibliography entry:

Larkin, Áine, Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in À la recherche du temps perdu (Cambridge: Legenda, 2011)

First footnote reference: 35 Áine Larkin, Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in À la recherche du temps perdu (Cambridge: Legenda, 2011), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Larkin, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Larkin, Áine. 2011. Proust Writing Photography: Fixing the Fugitive in À la recherche du temps perdu (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Larkin 2011: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Larkin 2011: 21.

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