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Title: The Splendor of Glittering Helmets
Subtitle: Dawn of the Great War in Proust
Author(s): DE WARREN, Nicolas
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 79    Issue: 4   Date: 2017   
Pages: 683-716
DOI: 10.2143/TVF.79.4.3284698

Abstract :
This paper explores the pre-figurations of the Great War in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. Through a set of cross-disciplinary lenses (art history, military theory, anthropology, sociology), the weave of Proust’s narrative of Marcel’s time in Combray and Doncières before the outbreak of war — a war which was both expected and unimaginable — is explored. Emphasis is placed on the ideology of heroic sacrifice, debates of military theory, homosexuality and fraternity, and the idea of France that structured the imagination of nationalism and war during the Belle Epoque, as reflected in Proust’s Recherche.

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