Proustian

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From French Proust +‎ -ian.

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Proustian (comparative more Proustian, superlative most Proustian)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or reminiscent of Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist, or his works.
    • 2015, Stephen Dalton, “‘Spectre’: Film Review”, in Hollywood Reporter[1]:
      The character played by French female lead Lea Seydoux is even called Madeleine Swann, a name whose Proustian double resonance can only be deliberate.
  2. (of pleasure) Derived from personal memory, as it often happens in the works of Proust (for example, in the experience of the madeleine).
    • 1994, Vera Mihailovich-Dickman, “Return”, in Post-Colonial Writing: A Cultural Labyrinth:
      D'Costa's poems so far published also reverberate with an awareness of the past, and a gently Proustian pleasure, as in the elegiac “In Memorandum”.

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