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

Nicola Luckhurst

Abstract

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 of profound and cherished indecision, Proust's indecision between two styles of writing, the moralistic and the fictive/novelistic/romanesque. This book is an exploration of this indecision. The shorter Proust, Proust the moraliste, is a prolific writer of maxims, from the laws of the passions to the aesthetic manifesto of the Temps retrouvé to the rapacious teeming/fertile/spawning/exuberant/luxuri ... More

Keywords: Proust, A la recherche du temps perdu, science, literature, indecision, moralizing, epistemological debate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198160021
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160021.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola Luckhurst, author
University of London