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Edward J. Hughes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609864.001.0001

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Hierarchies in Le Temps retrouvé

Hierarchies in Le Temps retrouvé

(p.223) 7 Hierarchies in Le Temps retrouvé
Proust, Class, and Nation

Edward J. Hughes

Oxford University Press

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

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