Proust And The Victorians: The Lamp Of Memory

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Proust And The Victorians: The Lamp Of Memory

Proust And The Victorians The Lamp Of Memory Proust and the Victorians The Lamp of MemoryIn Marcel Proust read a translation of Ruskin s The Lamp of Memory in a Belgian magazine Fourteen years later he back projected the experience onto the

  • Title: Proust And The Victorians: The Lamp Of Memory
  • Author: Robert Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780333584736
  • Page: 384
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  • Proust and the Victorians The Lamp of MemoryIn 1899 Marcel Proust read a translation of Ruskin s The Lamp of Memory in a Belgian magazine Fourteen years later he back projected the experience onto the narrator of Du c t de chez Swann who describes himself as a boy reading the self same piece in the garden at Combray In between lay a period of intermittent enthusiasm foProust and the Victorians The Lamp of MemoryIn 1899 Marcel Proust read a translation of Ruskin s The Lamp of Memory in a Belgian magazine Fourteen years later he back projected the experience onto the narrator of Du c t de chez Swann who describes himself as a boy reading the self same piece in the garden at Combray In between lay a period of intermittent enthusiasm for Victorian writing a period which saw the refurbishment of Proust s method and a fundamental rethinking of his views Much of this reassessment was achieved in relation to English writers whom Proust adopted, absorbed and then as often as not, discarded The end result was to enable him to pass from one aesthetic to another.It is the contention of this book that the clue to this process can be found not only in Proust s evolving views on memory and time but also in his progression through a three fold typology of form from mimetic form art imitating the real through mnemonic form art imitating memory to asbstract form art imitating itself The progress from one to another is illustrated through Proust s reactions to Carlyle, Darwin, Emerson, Ruskin, George Eliot, Hardy, Stevenson, Wells and Wilde There is also a chapter on the connection in Proust s mind between literary and art criticism and his delayed response to the Ruskin Whistler trial of 1878 A final chapter relates these matters to the current debate as to the parallel between the nineteenth century fin de si cle and our own.

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    1. Kalliope on said:

      The link between Proust and the Victorians had to be John Ruskin. Proust could not speak English comfortably, but his reading understanding was fair. In spite of his language limitations he undertook the task of translating Ruskin’s The Bible of Amiens and his Sesame and Lilies.Another book that fascinated Proust was Ruskin’s The Seven Lamps of Architecture.From Ruskin’s work Fraser borrowed his subtitle, The Lamp of Memory, as well as organized the structure of his study. Ruskin saw as hi [...]

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