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.
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