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Marcel Proust The Fictions of Life and of Art



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 7/3/2013.

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Author Biography

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's Secrets (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"




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