Sexual Question in Proust" by Griet Deca
An intelligent and thorough essay on the theme of
homosexuality in the novel. Also available in the
Montaigne and Proust: Architects of Memory" by
"Proust wrote under the façade of an
amateur writer, like Montaigne, and the importance
of travel and of illness to the generation and
content of both oeuvres bears witness to
Montaigne’s presence in the Recherche despite
his apparent absence (15–17). By thinking of
the Recherche in its cathedral form at least one
other dimension of the literary kinship between
Montaigne and Proust becomes clear. The mnemonic
architecture which underlies both the Essais and the
Recherche is the stamp of their modernity as well as
their debt to the Middle Ages."
Ruined Mirror" by Jonathan Wallace
The Ethcial Spectacle (Vol 5, No.
2 February 1999). "Proust says that the novel
is a mirror held up to life. The virtue of the work
is in the quality of the mirror, not of the life it
reflects. He was certainly right, but one wonders if
he was aware in saying it of the deep flaws in his
own work. Whether or not he was, his huge talent
resulted in a 4,000 page novel which states, and
simultaneously illustrates by its own structure,
that humans are incapable of fashioning a perfect
Art and Literature in Proust and Céline"
by Pascal A. Ifri
Romance Languages Annual (1995).
"Focusing on the creative process in Proust and
Céline, we intend to show in this
presentation that they share also many ideas about
Art, particularly in their conception of painting
Coming Full Circle: the Use of Digression in Diderot's
Jacques le fatalist and Proust's
"Combray" by F. Miyamasu
"The digressive device figures prominently in
Diderot's Jacques le fataliste and
Proust’s "Combray." Although
belonging to different literary periods, comparative
analysis reveals similarities in both the form the
digressive device takes in either work and the
purpose it serves therein."
Proust" by A.V. Lunacharsky
An early piece of Marxist criticism of the novel,
published in 1934.
Proust? And Why Now?" by Dinitia Smith
New York Times (April 13,
2000). Another article about Proust's
popularity that also discusses Carter's and
Making up for lost time" by Andrew Marr
The Observer (January 16,
2000). The author revisits Illiers-Combray to
both celebrate and understand Proust's comeback.