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Proust and America

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ISBN: 9781846311147 9781846313875 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626374 Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100316
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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“It is strange,” Proust wrote in 1909, “that, in the most widely different departments . . . there should be no other literature which exercises over me so powerful an influence as English and American.” In the spirit of Proust’s admission, this engaging and critical volume offers the first comparative reading of the French novelist in the context of American art, literature, and culture. In addition to examining Proust’s key American influences—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, and James McNeill Whistler—Proust and America investigates the previously overlooked influence of the American neurologist George Beard, whose writings on neurasthenia and “American nervousness” contributed to the essential modernity of the author’s work.

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Labyrinths of Deceit

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Book Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies ISBN: 9780853238492 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102619
Subject: History
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Prominent citizens in nineteenth-century England believed themselves to be living in a time of unstoppable progress. Yet running just beneath Victorian triumphalism were strong undercurrents of chaos and uncertainty. Richard Walker plumbs the depths of those currents in order to present an alternative history of nineteenth-century society. Mining literary and philosophical works of the period, Walker explores the crisis of identity that beset nineteenth-century thinkers and how that crisis revealed itself in portrayals of addiction, split personalities, and religious mania. Victorian England will never look the same.

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