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

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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
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] “From Baron Hulot to Baron de Charlus, via Samuel Beckett”
Lingua originaleFrench
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteSéduction et vengeance: La Cousine Bette de Balzac. Cinq leçons
EditorLuca Pietromarchi Agnese Silvestri
Numero di pagine23
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020
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  • balzac proust vieillesse


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