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The Proust EffectThe Senses as Doorways to Lost Memories$
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Cretien van Campen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.001.0001

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The Proust effect

The Proust effect

The dual effect of opening lost memories and bringing joy

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The Proust Effect

Cretien Van Campen

Julian Ross

Oxford University Press

The French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922) explored and reflected on the nature of sense memories in his work in In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu). In his view, sensory stimulations unlock lost memories, bring happiness and fuel creativity. He described how the senses work in harness in the act of reliving emotional experiences from the past.

Keywords:   Marcel Proust, fiction, philosophy, taste, smell, touch, sound, creativity, well-being

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