Colette and Proust: Queering Modernism

Lawrence R. Schehr

in Subversions of Verisimilitude

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231355
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241095 | DOI:
Colette and Proust: Queering Modernism

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This chapter stems from something of a paradigm shift, as it is devoted to the problematic representation of sexuality or the consequences of that representation in the works of the two most important authors of French high modernism, Colette and Proust. Colette's gynocentric writing is shown here to undo the stability of the sign system so that representations and plot take on ambiguous meanings, especially where questions of gender and sexuality are concerned. The novel Chéri, is considered as gender-binding as it produces similar lines to Proust that need no introduction, but still the author manages to present an analysis of two other figures which rewrites fictional prose, wherein the analysis falls from two cases that involves the examination of ethical position and astonishment on the emotional level.

Keywords: sexuality; French high modernism; gender; Colette; Proust; Chéri; modernism

Chapter.  21257 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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