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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.81) 4 Hypothesis
Science and Structure in Proust's

Nicola Luckhurst

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with speculative style, and the performance of speculation in A la recherche. This style has been eloquently characterized as a ‘rich prose which fuses into a highly sensuous and simultaneous present within which the possible explanations and possible effects of any gesture multiply to infinity’. When plotted, the hypotheses of A la recherche are fundamental to the experience of the narrator as scientist, artist, and lover, for he is now placed by them; now in control, disposing of and playing speculation at whim. The speculation of the Albertine texts is structured around a basic binary opposition: whether Albertine is gay or straight.

Keywords:   Albetine texts, speculation, sexuality, hypothesis, La Prisonniére

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