Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Comparative Literature


Giancarlo Lombardi

Committee Members

André Aciman

Bettina Lerner

Subject Categories

Comparative Literature | French and Francophone Literature | Latin American Languages and Societies | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature | Other Arts and Humanities


Marcel Proust, Marvel Moreno, Alison Bechdel, Comics


Marcel Proust’s influence on twentieth century literature is broad and has been well documented. This dissertation attempts a comparative reading of À la recherche du temps perdu that places it in contrast with Colombian writer Marvel Moreno’s 1987 novel, En diciembre llegaban las brisas, and Alison Bechdel’s 2006 comic memoir, Fun Home. Starting from a Deleuzian reading of the Recherche, this dissertation proposes the notion of the “proustian truth seeker”, a thematic and stylistic phenomenon which can be traced in all three writers. The characteristics of the truth seeker can be used to understand the ways in which the narrators of these novels are driven by a particular sort of desire that determines the novel’s structure, style, and thematic concerns. Ultimately, the concept of the proustian truth seekers offers a way to understand the complex connection between these three writers as well as a powerful tool to study novels that blur the line between fiction and autobiographical non-fiction.