The Meaning and Impact of André Gide’s Engagement
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André Gide’s commitment [engagement] represents nothing more than another, deeper version of his artistic activity. It became evident late in his prime and unfolded in three stages, each of which culminated in books that immortalize what he had accomplished: personal commitment from 1908 to 1918, leading to Corydon; social commitment from 1925 to 1929, revealed in Voyage au Congo and Le Retour du Tchad; and finally, political commitment, realized from 1930 to 1937 and concluded with Retour de l’U.R.S.S. and Retouches à mon Retour de l’U.R.S.S. All this is a brilliant demonstration of André Gide’s sincerity and the indisputable value of his oeuvre.
KeywordsPolitical Commitment Personal Commitment Artistic Activity Human Sensuality Social Commitment
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