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Published: 31 October 2019

240 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620016

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Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations

Thomas Baldwin

Liverpool University Press

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP

  • The first book to look for and to describe Proust's unquiet and inconsistent circulation throughout Barthes's oeuvre
  • Examines the extent to which Barthes 'rewrites' the variations of À la recherche
  • Describes the new understanding of criticism that Barthes's creatively inconsistent encounters with Proust propose
  • Explores the significance of that understanding in an age long saturated by commodity fetishism
  • Provides close readings of both Barthes's and Proust's work and analyzes several texts by Barthes that have received very little critical attention, including a substantial set of unpublished seminar notes