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Hierarchies in <i>Le Temps retrouvé</i>

Edward J. Hughes

in Proust, Class, and Nation

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609864
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609864.003.0008
Hierarchies in Le Temps retrouvé

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This chapter explores the contrasting ways in which a range of traditional and often unconnected hierarchies subtend, and are sometimes renegotiated in, Le Temps retrouvé. These include: the hierarchy of mental and manual labour, particularly in relation to the Narrator’s composition of his work and the analogies with domestic work; the forms of interaction between the proletariat and the aristocracy, specifically when linked to the First World War and to the description of Jupien’s male brothel; and the tension between the work-of-art-as-salvation model that shapes a substantial section of Le Temps retrouvé and the call to sociality and community implicit in the images of social overview and documentation present elsewhere in the volume.

Keywords: Class; eroticism; prostitution; working-class Paris; hierarchy; demography; First World War

Chapter.  6973 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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