Around Proust

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-06-05
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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A study in obsession, Marcel Proust'sA la recherche du temps perduis seemingly a self-sufficient universe of remarkable internal consistency and yet is full of complex, gargantuan digressions. Richard Goodkin follows the dual spirit of the novel through highly suggestive readings of the work in its interactions with music, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and cinema, and such literary genres as epic, lyric poetry, and tragedy. In exploring this fascinating intertextual network, Goodkin reveals some of Proust's less obvious creative sources and considers his influence on later art forms. The artistic and intellectual entities examined in relation to Proust's novel are extremely diverse, coming from periods ranging from antiquity (Homer, Zeno of Elea) to the 1950s (Hitchcock) and belonging to the cultures of the Greek, French, German, and English-speaking worlds. In spite of this variety of form and perspective, all of these analyses share a common methodology, that of "digressive" reading. They explore Proust's novel not only in light of such famous passages as those of the madeleine and the good-night kiss, but also on the basis of seemingly small details that ultimately take us, like the novel itself, in unexpected directions.

Author Biography

Richard E. Goodkin is Associate Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Proust and Intertextuality
Proust and Home (r): An Avunctilar Intertextp. 17
T(r)yptext: Proust, Mallarme, Racinep. 38
Representation of Time and Movement
Proust, Bergson, and Zeno, or, How Not to Reach One's Endp. 65
Fiction and Film: Proust's Vertigo and Hitchcock's Vertigop. 89
Love and Death
Proust and Wagner: The Climb to the Octave Above, or, The Scale of Love (and Death)p. 103
Mourning a Melancholic: Proust and Freud on the Death of a Loved Onep. 127
Notesp. 147
Indexp. 161
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