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Science and Structure in Proust'sA la recherche du temps perdu$
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Nicola Luckhurst

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198160021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160021.001.0001

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(p.67) 3 Retroduction
Science and Structure in Proust's

Nicola Luckhurst

Oxford University Press

The ‘retroduction’ of this chapter aims to reconnect the images of ‘Proust's science’ with the rhetoric of sententiousness. In effect, it reconnects metaphor and maxim. The dynamic and literal readings of the maxims of A la recherche can be seen to parallel the ambiguities of the legislative and performative science of the text's metaphors. The generalities at the heart of the text constitute ‘scientific’ discoveries about human nature, the Proustian ‘laws’.

Keywords:   retroduction, Proust's maxims, sententiousness, metaphor, maxim

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