Proust's Drawings and the Secret of the "Solitary House"

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This article examines drawings by Marcel Proust that have received little critical attention. They are two-dimensional landscapes, summarily composed using simple lines and childlike shapes: the sun, a few trees, a house. I show that these drawings, while they may appear naïve, are in fact designed to make visible a network of literary, musical, and deeply personal references, shared with a specific addressee: Reynaldo Hahn. In doing so I shed light on the secret of the "solitary house" described by Legrandin in "Combray," as well as on key passages in Jean Santeuil and at both ends of the Recherche.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-890
Number of pages26
JournalMLN - Modern Language Notes
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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