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Nietzsche and Proust: A Comparative Study

Duncan Large


This book combines a Nietzschean reading of Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu with a Proustian reading of time and transcendence in Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy. Drawing in particular on Gilles Deleuze's early studies of the two writers, it argues (against Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva) that they pursue a parallel programme of overcoming post-Kantian idealism through an emphasis on the materiality of the body and the ‘genealogy’ of its interpretations. ‘Proust's perspectivism’ is analysed in the context of Nietzsche's radical epistemological relativism, the key theme ... More

Keywords: Marcel Proust, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gilles Deleuze, post-Kantian idealism, perspectivism, epistemological relativism, involuntary memory, eternal recurrence, self-creation, postmodernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duncan Large, author
Lecturer in German, University of Wales Swansea
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