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Approaches to Teaching Proust's Fiction and Criticism

Editor(s): Elyane Dezon-Jones, Inge Crosman Wimmers

Pages: xvii & 184 pp.
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780873529099 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873529082 (hardcover)

"This book is a gold mine for instructors who can apply its wealth of concepts, ideas, and sources to classroom teaching. Furthermore, it serves as an important reference book not just for teachers but also for students, scholars, and anyone interested in gaining a thorough understanding in the study of Proust."
Marie-Magdeleine Chirol, Whittier College


Since the first volume of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu was published, in 1913, the work has challenged readers and critics by stretching the genre of the novel: storytelling is paired with essay discourse, fiction blends into autobiography, and the text follows the course of memory instead of chronology. The essays collected in this volume show how the Recherche grew out of Proust's literary criticism to forge a novel that explores the aesthetic, social, philosophical, and sexual concerns of Proust's time in bold, new ways.

The first section, "Materials," demystifies the complex publication history of Proust's works. The editors review an array of resources--from biographies, collections of essays, noted journals, and reference books to audiovisual materials, electronic resources, and dramatizations of Proust's writing. In their review of online resources available for classroom use, the editors pay special attention to the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and Kolb-Proust Archive for Research.

The Recherche, at once canonical and subversive, has elicited a varied critical response, which the essays in the second section, "Approaches," reflect. The first group illuminates the historical background of Proust's artistic milieu and the role of the Dreyfus affair and the First World War in Proust's development as a novelist. The next set interprets the function of names, memory, reading, and homosexuality in the Recherche and other works and discusses film versions of the novel. The final essays provide instructors concrete methods for teaching Proust in diverse teaching environments and at different levels of instruction.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Proust's Fiction and Criticism

Introduction: Why Proust Now?
Inge Crosman Wimmers

PART 1: MATERIALS
Elyane Dezon-Jones and Inge Crosman Wimmers

Editions
French Editions
English Translations

Bibliography of Works by Proust

The Instructor's Library

Aids to Teaching
Audiovisual Material
Proust Online

Proust at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes
Bernard Brun

Genetic Approaches to Proust's Manuscripts
Nathalie Mauriac Dyer

The Kolb-Proust Archive for Research
Virginie Greene and Caroline Szylowicz

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction

Contexts


Proust: A Man of His Times
William C. Carter

The Role of the Dreyfus Affair in the Recherche
Joseph Brami

Cataclysm at One Remove: The War in Le Temps retrouvé
Edward J. Hughes

Proust Art Nouveau?
Françoise Leriche

Proust and Painters
Kazuyoshi Yoshikawa

Seeing Proust Seeing
Mary Ann Caws

"Maintenant, Regardez": Proust in a Postmodern Context
Margaret E. Gray

Interpretive Perspectives

Coding and Decoding: Names in the Recherche
Eugène Nicole

A Lesson in Reading: From Contre Sainte-Beuve to the Recherche
Pascal A. Ifri

In Search of Hidden Impressions
Geneviève Henrot

Proust's Esther
Emily Eells

Intertextual Pedagogy: Proust and Flaubert
Mireille Naturel

Homosexuality in the Recherche
Lawrence R. Schehr

Proust and the Cinema
Rebecca Graves

Specific Teaching Contexts

Teaching the Recherche through Explication de Texte: Proust's Time-Outs
Roger Shattuck

Teaching Proust through "Morceaux Choisis": Peddling Proust
Michèle Magill

Introducing Proust: The Segmentation of "Combray"
Julie Solomon

Proust and Architecture: Reconstructing the Churches of "Combray"
J. Theodore Johnson, Jr.

Proust in a Graduate Seminar: Structuring the Proustian Experience
Christie McDonald

Proust in a Gender Studies Course: What to Do with Montjouvain?
Brigitte Mahuzier

Teaching Proust Comparatively: Proust, Ruskin, and the Visual Arts
Diane R. Leonard

Proust in an Interdisciplinary Context: Literature and Music
Jean-Louis Pautrot

Proust in a Humanities Course: A Place for the Madeleine
Susan Rava


Works Cited

Index



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