« Du baron Hulot au baron de Charlus, en passant par Samuel Beckett »

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] “From Baron Hulot to Baron de Charlus, via Samuel Beckett”

Ilaria Vidotto

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the affinities between Baron Hulot, one of the protagonists of Balzac's novel La Cousine Bette, and one of the main characters of À la recherche du temps perdu, Baron de Charlus, created by Marcel Proust. A first similarity between them had been noticed, in an allusive way, by Samuel Beckett, who in a letter to his friend McGreevy wrote: "I think that Charlus' elaboration owes a lot to Hulot". On the basis of this allusion, we aim, in particular, to analyse the process of physical and moral degradation that the two characters undergo throughout their lives; this process is motivated by the sexual obsession that characterizes them, and which leads them to commit morally reprehensible actions and to endanger their social position
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] “From Baron Hulot to Baron de Charlus, via Samuel Beckett”
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationSéduction et vengeance: La Cousine Bette de Balzac. Cinq leçons
EditorsLuca Pietromarchi Agnese Silvestri
Pages23-45
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • balzac proust vieillesse

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