David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia 36 (1):55-65 (2008)
The essay examines the relation between the explicit aesthetic ideology of Proust’s Recherche and the structure of the “involuntary memory” that is supposed to serve as that ideology’s empirical basis. I challenge the apparent solipsism and idealism of the narrator’s aesthetics by focusing on the one experience of involuntary memory that he omits from his final reflections, in Time Regained, on the relation between memory and art: this is the involuntary memory, in the earlier volume Sodom and Gomorrah, of his dead grandmother, a memory that he describes there as an experience of true otherness. Through a close reading of this passage, I argue that Proust’s interest in involuntary memory implies a concept of literary art as above all ethical in nature, in so far as it is the only means by which individuals can emerge from the solitude to which they are otherwise existentially condemned. In both the Sodom and Gomorrah passage and a later passage from Time Regained this emergence is cast in terms of a rhetoric of multiplicity that emphasizes both the disturbing and the productive dimensions connecting literature with life.
|Keywords||Proust Memory Art Literature Community Multiplicity Ethics Mourning Time|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Vincent Descombes (1992). Proust: Philosophy of the Novel. Stanford University Press.
Julia Peters (2010). Proust's Recherche and Hegelian Teleology. Inquiry 53 (2):146 – 161.
Garin Dowd (2009). Apprenticeship, Philosophy, and the 'Secret Pressures of the Work of Art' in Deleuze, Beckett, Proust, and Ruiz or Remaking the Recherche. In Mary Bryden & Margaret Topping (eds.), Beckett's Proust/Deleuze's Proust. Palgrave Macmillan.
James Reid (2009). The Gift of Time : Reading Proust, Reading Deleuze, Reading Proust. In Mary Bryden & Margaret Topping (eds.), Beckett's Proust/Deleuze's Proust. Palgrave Macmillan.
Michael Maier (2009). Models of Musical Communication in Proust and Beckett. In Mary Bryden & Margaret Topping (eds.), Beckett's Proust/Deleuze's Proust. Palgrave Macmillan.
Bruce E. Fleming (1989). Proust and Peirce, Time and Memory. Philosophy and Literature 13 (1):127-133.
John H. Mace (2003). Involuntary Aware Memory Enhances Priming on a Conceptual Implicit Memory Task. American Journal of Psychology 116 (2):281-290.
Roger Foster (2007). Adorno and Proust on the Recovery of Experience. Critical Horizons 8 (2):169-185.
John H. Mace (2006). Episodic Remembering Creates Access to Involuntary Conscious Memory: Demonstrating Involuntary Recall on a Voluntary Recall Task. Memory 14 (8):917-924.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #130,073 of 1,167,998 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #140,193 of 1,167,998 )
How can I increase my downloads?