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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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Knowledge as Revolution and Revelation

Knowledge as Revolution and Revelation

(p.159) 6 Knowledge as Revolution and Revelation
Science and Structure in Proust's

Nicola Luckhurst

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by considering the asymmetry of knowledge which characterizes the opposition between Sodom and Gomorrah. This analysis of the Proustian discourses on male and female sexuality in terms of both the rhetoric and cultural context is then developed by a consideration of their hermeneutic unraveling in an attempt to answer what kind of story is being told and the role of knowledge in it. This chapter describes the most spectacular modes of knowing in A la recherche: knowledge as revolution and revelation. Nobody's sexuality is straightforward in A la recherche. The text alternately speculates about ‘who will come out next’ and shocks by revelations of homosexuality.

Keywords:   male homosexuality, female homosexuality, revelation, Sodome et Gomorrhe, bisexuality, lesbianism, knowledge

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