Year 22 No. 1-2 (2014): Issue 1-2/2014

Proust, fuir l’oralité pour trouver un accent

Published 10/10/2014

How to Cite

Vago, D. (2014). Proust, fuir l’oralité pour trouver un accent. L’Analisi Linguistica E Letteraria, 22(1-2), 39–44. Retrieved from


Proust has always asserted that salon conversation is incompatible with the noiseless shrine where a writer devotes himself to literature. Nonetheless, the more Proust confines himself in his cork-lined room to escape the transient voices of the world, the more ‘orality’ emerges from his writing as the
equivalent not of ‘voice’, but rather of ‘accent’. In this paper I investigate this paradox by examining the episode concerning Bergotte’s voice, which seems so eccentric to the narrator.