Modern French Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Criticism: Overviews And General Studies

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Birkett, Jennifer, and James Kearns. “Changing Forms and Subjects.” In A Guide to French Literature: From Early Modern to Postmodern, pp. 200-75. New York: St. Martin's, 1997.

[In the following essay, Birkett and Kearns provide a detailed history of modern French literature, including an overview of novels, plays, and poetry.]

I THE NOVEL

1914-39: NEW IDEAS AND FORMS

The most profound challenge to the Naturalist legacy in the novel came from Marcel Proust (1871-1922) in À la recherche du temps perdu (published 1913-27). All of Proust's early work was in one form or another a preparation for this...

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