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Science and Structure in Proust's: A la recherche du temps perdu

Nicola Luckhurst

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160021
eISBN:
9780191673740
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160021.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu is a hybrid, a novel-essay, a capacious work of fiction containing a commonplace-book. It might, as Roland Barthes has suggested, be thought of as the product ... 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


Aesthetic Auto/biography: Ruskin and Proust

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter argues that the notion of ‘aesthetic autobiography’, attached by Suzanne Nalbantian to the modernist autobiographical Künstlerroman, in fact originates in the way earlier writers such as ... More


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


Mad Belief

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book offers a reading of Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu through the lens of skepticism. It examines the spectacle of Proust arguing with himself, and more specifically his ... 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


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


Proustian Jokes

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines “Proustian jokes” of the kind that gives pause for thought rather than to inflict a wound. Most of the mad beliefs in À la recherche du temps perdu are droll as well as crazy, ... More


Magic

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the idea of literature as magic-making by focusing on Marcel Proust's use of the term “magic,” along with its cognates “enchantment” and “charm.” Proustian magic comes in all ... More


Bodies and Ghosts

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Marcel Proust's views on the subject of the body and the prevalence of metaphorical ghosts in À la recherche du temps perdu. It suggests that the Proustian body may turn out to ... More


Food Nostalgia

in Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780226243238
eISBN:
9780226243276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243276.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

À la recherche du temps perdu (1913–1927), Marcel Proust's novel of artistic redemption, is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century. The novel is also an emblematic text of French culture, ... More


The Citizen of the Unknown Homeland

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines questions about bodies and origins, homelands and fatherlands in À la recherche du temps perdu. In Marcel Proust's novel, the important parental body is the maternal body—at ... 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


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


Social ContextsObservation and Invention

Leo Bersani

in Marcel Proust: The Fictions of Life and of Art

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199931514
eISBN:
9780199345755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931514.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a close study of the Proustian social world in an attempt to illustrate the degree of separation in the novel between the narrator and external reality, and the role of the ... More


What’s in a Comma?

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines a question, the most important of the skeptic's questions, not only in but for Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu: is poetic seeing also true seeing, and how can it ... More


Éblouissement

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines éblouissement in Marcel Proust's Venice in À la recherche du temps perdu. It suggests that Proust's sensibility and imagination were “religious” insofar as they were animated by ... More


The Great Silence in Combray: Proust and Patois

Barry McCrea

in Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300185157
eISBN:
9780300190564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300185157.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows how the disappearing dialects of the countryside of the French countryside shaped the modernist vision of Marcel Proust. In À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time), ... 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


Walking on Stilts

Christopher Prendergast

in Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691155203
eISBN:
9781400846313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Marcel Proust's use of the term “metaphor” in À la recherche du temps perdu, focusing in particular on a paragraph in which the image of heights is transferred to the aged Duc ... More


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