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The Gardens of Desire: Marcel Proust and the Fugitive Sublime
     

The Gardens of Desire: Marcel Proust and the Fugitive Sublime

by Stephen Gilbert Brown
 

ISBN-10: 0791461130

ISBN-13: 9780791461136

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Offers a psychocritical reading of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past).

The Gardens of Desire is at once a model of literary interpretation and a groundbreaking psychocritical reading of a literary masterpiece, Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). Shedding new light on

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Offers a psychocritical reading of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past).

The Gardens of Desire is at once a model of literary interpretation and a groundbreaking psychocritical reading of a literary masterpiece, Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). Shedding new light on the origins of the creative impulse in general, and on the psychological origins of the Recherche in particular, the book illuminates the hidden associations between matricidal, suicidal, sadistic, masochistic, homoerotic, and creative impulses as manifested in Proust’s work. The book moves beyond traditional Freudian readings of Proust to consider the theories of Otto Rank, Jacques Derrida, and others, and provides provocative readings of the “privileged moments” that comprise many of the work’s “critical cruxes,” as well as a thought-provoking rereading of the novel’s ending. Both elegant and accessible, this book boldly explores the violence of desire as it relates not only to Proust’s narrator, but also to Proustian criticism itself, with its own violent desire to appropriate the essence of Proust’s masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791461136
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Entering the Garden

1. The Kiss of Death: Desire in the Garden of Good and Evil

2. The Art of Sapphic Desire: The Curse of the Little Phrase

3. The Hymenoptera of Self and Other: The Making and (Un)Making of Knowledge

4. Three Moments of Desire: The Ideal, the Real, and the Remembered

5. Recherche and the Rankian Gaze

Conclusion: The Art of Madness

References

Index

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