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Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Ingrid Wassenaar

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

A la recherche du temps perdu occupies an undisputed place in the unfolding intellectual history of the ‘moi’ in France. There is, however, a general tendency in writing on this novel to ... More


Doing the Right Thing: A Study of Proustian Parties

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter begins with the parties of the Faubourg Saint–Germain. Occupying hundreds of pages in Le Côté de Guermantes, Sodome et Gomorrhe, and the last hundred or so pages of Le Temps retrouvé, ... More


Digressions and Self-Justification: Making the Perfect Fit

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on digression. One of the most beloved of Proustian stylistic features, digression is a trope which builds a seductive play into rhetorical organization. Alarmingly, however, it ... More


Moments of Attachment: The Cloison

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents Proust’s flexible graphic representation of a thought process, a vital two-way switch to be found distributed at irregular intervals, and in various clusterings and ... More


Dangerous Proximity: The Reverses of Character

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the narrator’s negotiation of the dangers of being too close for comfort to the representation of personal beliefs, needs, or desires in others, from whom a distinguishing ... More


Under Cover of Mourning: The Ethics of Vulnerability

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Self-justification also occurs in A la recherche during stretches of it devoid of external props on which to lean, without further aristocrats to impress, or exciting discoveries to be made about ... More


Conclusion: Self-Justification, Judgement, Indifference

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. According to Proust, we must take self-justification seriously as evidence of suffering, of doubt, of the fragility of our self-esteem, ... More


Introduction

Ingrid Wassenaar

in Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160045
eISBN:
9780191673757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160045.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to put forward an important component of the Proustian cognitive and conceptual apparatus, which has not been analysed before, and ... More


‘We all fiddle’: legitimating evasion

Mark Roodhouse

in Black Market Britain: 1939-1955

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199588459
eISBN:
9780191747564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588459.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter draws upon material from Mass-Observation and elsewhere to argue that people did not seize all their opportunities for evasion because official rhetoric had invoked social norms to ... More


Social Science as Public Communication

in Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226662749
eISBN:
9780226662756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226662756.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter focuses on the professional culture of social science with its stories of self-justification and norms of decorum. “Positivism” is one of the words used only by its detractors, but it is ... More


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