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Leo Bersani is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Intimacies ( with Adam Philips, 2008), Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity (with U. Dutoit, 2004), Forming Couples: Godard's Contempt (with U. Dutoit, 2003), Caravaggio'sSecrets (with U. Dutoit, 1998), and Homos (1995).
Table of Contents
Chapter One Fantasies of the Self and the World I. "Je n'étais plus qu'un coeur qui battait" II. Self-effacement and self-projection III. The vulnerable self and its many deaths
Chapter Two The Anguish and Inspiration of Jealousy I. The mystery of other people's desires II. Jealousy and the tortured imagination III. Strategies to immobilize the "êtres de fuite," and "les joies de la solitude" IV. From the lover's anguish to the novelist's possessions
Chapter Three The Language of Love I. The loved one's absence from the lover's desires II. The self as an "appareil vide": a critique of psychological analysis III. The "notes fondamentales" from the perspective of memory: psychological analysis reinstated IV. The monologue of love as a dialogue V. The merging of fantasy and realism
Chapter Four Social Contexts: Observation and Invention I. The aristocracy's glamor II. Society as a work of art: the poetry of the past III. Reflections of Marcel's psychology in the social world IV. "Le royaume du néant" V. Variety of characterization and the general laws VI. Marcel the character and Proust the author
Chapter Five Marcel's Vocation I. The artist and the "résidu réel" of personality II. Involuntary memory and the work of art III. The "accent" of individuality in literary style IV. Metaphor: "les surfaces sont devenues réfléchissantes"