The Strange M. Proust

Edited by André Benhaïm

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

23 December 2008  •  150pp

ISBN: 978-1-905981-97-7 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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The strange M. Proust - the narrator, the author, and the embodiment of A la Recherche du Temps perdu - is now so canonical a writer that his very strangeness is easily overlooked. His book made of other books, his epic composed of extraordinary miniatures, his orderly structure where every law is subverted, his chronology where time can be undone and his geography where places can superimpose: in these, and many other ways, Proust continues to astonish even readers who have engaged with him for their entire careers. In this book, arising from the Princeton symposium of 2006, major critics come together to offer provocative readings of a work which is at the same time classical and unusual, French and foreign, familiar and strange.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Bowie (1943-2007), whose keynote address was one of his last major lectures.

Reviews:

  • ‘Reminding us again of the importance of close reading in Proust, Malcolm Bowie concludes that ‘it is perhaps in his handling of little local things that he is the most strange’. Certainly, in their attentiveness to detail, all of the articles in this volume provide exciting new insights into a much-studied text.’ — Sarah Tribout-Joseph, Modern Language Review 105.2, 2010, 569-70 (full text online)
  • ‘The eminent Proust scholars contribiting to this volume all propose readings of the Search that tease out paradoxes, the uncanny, and the subversive hidden in Proust's text through a variety of critical perspectives. Although the theme of 'strangeness' is broad, the chapters cohere remarkably well and are of a uniformly high caliber.’ — Patrick M. Bray, French Review 85.2, 2012, 168-69

Contents:

1-11
Preamble
André Benhaïm
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12-22
The Disquieting Strangeness of Marcel Proust
David Ellison
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23-35
The Formalist, the Spider, and the Phenomenologist: Proust in the Magic Mirror of the Twentieth Century
Anne Simon
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36-44
‘Quel Marcel!’ (And Other Oddities of the Narrator’s Designations in A la recherche du temps perdu)
Eugène Nicole
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45-56
Strange Jewishness: Essay on the Treatment of Jewish Identity in Proust
Joseph Brami
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57-70
Proust’s Singhalese Song (A Strange Little Story)
André Benhaïm
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71-85
A Proustian ‘Metterza’
Raymonde Coudert
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86-100
Da capo: Accumulations and Explosions
Christie McDonald
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101-111
Other Eyes: Proust and the Myths of Photography
Michael Wood
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112-124
‘Truth and Justice’
Antoine Compagnon
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125-134
Reading Proust Between the Lines
Malcolm Bowie
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Bibliography entry:

Benhaïm, André (ed.), The Strange M. Proust (Cambridge: Legenda, 2008)

First footnote reference: 35 The Strange M. Proust, ed. by André Benhaïm (Cambridge: Legenda, 2008), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Benhaïm, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Benhaïm, André (ed.). 2008. The Strange M. Proust (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Benhaïm 2008: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Benhaïm 2008: 21.

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