Marcel Proust and Spanish America: From Critical Response to Narrative Dialogue


"The multivolume novel of Marcel Proust A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-27) began to receive attention in Spanish America in 1920, and, as Herbert Craig meticulously shows, this French Connection would continue throughout the twentieth century. He traces it both through the literary criticism devoted to Proust in the New World and through the impact of the Recherche upon the Spanish American novel, which according to Alejo Carpentier was simply revolutionary. Craig begins by attributing the early introduction of the Recherche to the intimate friendship between Proust and the pianist-composer Reynaldo Halm, who was born in Caracas. He then shows in chapter 1 how literary critics of the principal newspapers and literary magazines of such countries as Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile examined this French text, which we know today as one of the fundamental works of modernism. Shortly thereafter interest in the Recherche spread to Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Colombia. Eventually it would be read in all parts of the New World. Over the years Spanish Americans have continued to write about the Recherche and have published several noteworthy books on it, which are included in the comprehensive bibliography which serves as an appendix." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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