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If the ‘Schu’ Fits: Translating a Moment of Song in Proust’s Le Temps Retrouvé

Rushworth, JF; (2019) If the ‘Schu’ Fits: Translating a Moment of Song in Proust’s Le Temps Retrouvé. French Studies Bulletin , 40 (150) pp. 21-24. 10.1093/frebul/ktz004. Green open access

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Abstract

In September 2018, I went to Durham to give a paper at a conference on sound.1 I had written a paper about Marcel Proust and the German composer Robert Schumann, and since the conference was not limited to French Studies, I wanted to provide English translations of the quotations I was using. Turning to the most recent translation of Proust into English, that published by Penguin in 2002 and edited by Christopher Prendergast, I searched for the word ‘Schumann’ in a digital library copy. To my surprise, the passage I was looking for did not come up. Cursing the vagaries of electronic search functions, I began skim-reading the volume in question: Finding Time Again, the final volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, translated by Ian Patterson.2 Eventually I found the sought-after lines, lines which comment on Robert de Saint-Loup’s last words to the protagonist before returning to death on the front line. Here I came up short, for a reason I relate below.

Type: Article
Title: If the ‘Schu’ Fits: Translating a Moment of Song in Proust’s Le Temps Retrouvé
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/frebul/ktz004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/frebul/ktz004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067677
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