Proust and Joyce in Dialogue
Legenda: Oxford, 2008
It might reasonably be asked what the connection is between Françoise’s malapropisms in Proust and the erudite allusions of Stephen’s interior monologue in Joyce. Tribout-Joseph argues that they are indeed interrelated. Proust and Joyce are exemplary of Modernism’s reconciliation of high literature with popular voices. Both writers explore the process of incorporation, the interface between speech and narrative. Fragments of discourse are taken from diverse sources and reoriented within new contexts. Proposed here are interconnected close readings of socio-political debate, body talk, listening processes, silences, intertextual echoes, cliché, register, conflated voices, chatter, gossip, eavesdropping, internalized debate, and misunderstandings which allow for a new configuration of the authors to emerge.
Sarah Tribout-Joseph is Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh.