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Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations$
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Thomas Baldwin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620016

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620016.001.0001

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(p.17) Chapter One Objects
Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations

Thomas Baldwin

Liverpool University Press

Chapter One engages with Barthes’s discussion of a classical distance from worldly objects and of a modern – nouveau roman-esque – chosisme (which is predicated, Barthes says, upon a certain proximity between people and things) in order to bring the landscapes of Proust’s novel into relief. The chapter also reads Barthes’s paradoxical integration of Proustian elements within his own writing on the nouveau roman as a reflection – a rewriting – of the liminal (the simultaneously classical and modern) texture of À la recherche itself.

Keywords:   Nouveau roman, Chosisme, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean Cayrol, Distance and proximity, Classical and modern novels

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