Proust's A la recherche as Intertext of Makine's Le Testament français

McCall, Ian (2005) Proust's A la recherche as Intertext of Makine's Le Testament français. Modern Language Review, 100, (4), 971-984.


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When Andreï Makine won the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis in 1995 with Le Testament français, reviewers compared him to Proust. This article considers A la recherche as an intertext for Makine's novel, focusing particularly on the portrayal of the narrator-protagonist's literary vocation in each of the works. Through close analysis of superficially similar episodes, the article argues that Makine's actual message is very different from Proust's and that, like Proust rewriting his own models, Makine has created an A la recherche ‘d'une autre époque’, a work that distinguishes itself from its intertext by obvious references to it.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0026-7937 (print)
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Keywords: Andreï Makine, Prix Goncourt, Prix Médicis, Le Testament français, Proust, A la recherche, intertext, literary vocation, models
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 37845
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:07

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