Combray


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Combray

village of narrator and family. [Fr. Lit.: Remembrance of Things Past]
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Sur un autre plan, celui de la decouverte du statut meme de la fiction, de son etrangete substantielle et de sa magie, de son imbrication avec les donnees du monde reel dans un environnement mental continu, les pages de Combray sur la lanterne magique et sur Francois le Champi sont la meilleure critique litteraire jamais ecrite.
Although most of the essays here at least pay lip service to the idea of going beyond "Combray" or even Du Cote de chez Swann in the context of a given course, it is clear that the main idea is to introduce a bit of Proust to undergraduates, with the hope that they might be incited to go farther some day.
Shattuck concludes, however, in a more positive vein with a close analysis of a passage from Combray. This parting shot is a stimulating reminder of the cardinal importance of the act of reading for Proust's and his Narrator's perception of the world.
Et l'on va voir que, pardessus meme Jean Santeuil alors en cours de redaction (entrepris en 1895 ce roman sera peu pres abadonne, l'etat d'ebauche, en 1899), se prepare deja par morceaux le paysage de Combray, au seuil de la Recherche.
Peut-etre suis-je apres diner dans le jardin de Combray ou au fond d'une barque a Querqueville.
Proust's own comment, in his interview in 1913 on the eve of the publication of Combray, might have been a good corrective.
Genet himself admits that, like Combray for Marcel, Mettray is buried deep within the catafalques of his imagination, to be resurrected along with the spatio-temporal, aesthetic dimensions of the friends he once had there: "J'aime Mettray, ce paradis au coeur de la Touraine royale ...
Cahier 74, for instance, contains a curious variant of a well-known scene from 'Combray' that dramatizes the grandfather's latent anti-Semitism (1, 90-91).
She devotes her attention to the two "cotes" in Combray, to Un amour de Swarm, to at least some of A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs and Le temps retrouve (the focus for this part being on the anamnesis experienced by the hero as he stumbles on the uneven flagstones).
My starting-point for this broader treatment of metamorphosis involves the very early scene in Combray when Swann visits young Marcel's family.