The Utopia of Blindness in Gide's "Symphonie Pastorale"

  title={The Utopia of Blindness in Gide's "Symphonie Pastorale"},
  author={Lawrence E. Harvey},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={188 - 197}
  • L. Harvey
  • Published 1 February 1958
  • Art
  • Modern Philology
GIDE wrote in his Journal in 1929: "Je suis de moins en moins (et jusqu'a 'le moins possible') utopiste, mystique, et crois que cette croyance A un 6tat 6d6nique premier comporte une dose de naivet6 offusquante."' Such a remark points to a time when the longing for a utopia, a paradis terrestre, seemed less naive to Gide, and the reader's thoughts may go back to the utopianism of Les Nourritures terrestres. It is probably less likely that La Symphonie pastorale should come to mind. Critics have… 
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