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Proust's English

Proust's English [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Karlin
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insightful and inspiring study of Proust's use of the English language (Emily Eells Modern Languages Review, vol 102, part1)

As Professor Karlin reminds us, Proust offers a warning purists of any language, including Irish, would do well to heed. (Robert O'Byrne, The Irish Times)

A clever and delightful survey of the uses and status of English words in Proust's I la Recherche du temps perduR based on detailed and witty research into the rage for IanglomanieR in turn-of-the-century France. (Forum for Modern Language Studies)

Witty and urbane, Daniel Karlin has turned an unpromising, even unlikely subject into an unexpectedly intriguing view of Proust's masterpiece. (David Coward, Times Literary Supplement)

Everyone interested in Proust should read this book. (Thomas Baldwin, French Studies)

Proust's English is a significant, enriching trait in his writing...proving a masterly aspect of Proust's style in action. (John Simon, The New Criterion)

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English is the "second language" of A la recherche du temps perdu. Although much has been written about Proust's debt to English literature, especially Ruskin, Daniel Karlin is the first critic to focus on his knowledge of the language itself--on vocabulary, idiom, and etymology. He uncovers an "English world" in Proust's work, a world whose social comedy and artistic values reveal surprising connections to some of the novel's central preoccupations with sexuality and art. Anglomanie--the fashion for all things English--has been as powerful a presence in French culture as hostility to perfide Albion; Proust was both subject to its influence, and a brilliant critic of its excesses. French resistance to imported English words remains fierce to this day; but Proust's attitude to this most contentious aspect of Anglo-French relations was marked by his rejection of concepts of national and racial "purity," and his profound understanding of the necessary "impurity" of artistic creation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3536 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Bilingual edition (17 Nov 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D20M16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A must for all the lovers of Marcel Proust's La Recherche du Temps perdu. An essay about Proust and the english tongue.
Proust was not fluent in english, when he translated Ruskin, his mother had to do the first translation from english to french, so that Proust's Ruskin is his mother's text translated into Proust's style. I recommend also an essay about the influence of anglo-saxon writers in Proust's work, Henry James to begin with, and much more.
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