Proust and Emotion: The Importance of Affect in "A la recherche du temps perdu"

Overview

In Proust and Emotion, Inge Crosman Wimmers proposes a new approach to A la recherche du temps perdu that centres on the role of affect. Through close reading of the hero-narrator's personal history, the author shows how emotional paradigms (especially separation anxiety), involuntary memory, and other compelling impressions give focus and structure to Proust's novel. Drawing on reader-oriented and emotion theories, she shows how affect commands the attention of the 'motivated reader' and is crucial to the ...

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Overview

In Proust and Emotion, Inge Crosman Wimmers proposes a new approach to A la recherche du temps perdu that centres on the role of affect. Through close reading of the hero-narrator's personal history, the author shows how emotional paradigms (especially separation anxiety), involuntary memory, and other compelling impressions give focus and structure to Proust's novel. Drawing on reader-oriented and emotion theories, she shows how affect commands the attention of the 'motivated reader' and is crucial to the process of self-understanding for both the narrator and the reader.

This is the first extensive study in English to take fully into consideration the drafts (esquisses) published in the new Pléiade edition of the novel, the Mauriac edition of Albertine disparue, and material from the unpublished Proust manuscripts - all of which shed further light on the importance of affect in A la recherche. Proust and Emotion will appeal to readers interested in an approach to Proust that combines insights from philosophy, psychology, and literary aesthetics and in a poetics of reading that pays particular attention to emotion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802087270
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 12/6/2003
  • Series: University of Toronto Romance Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Inge Crosman Wimmers is a professor of French Studies at Brown University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Motivated Reader 3
1 The Narrating Presence 19
2 Separation Anxiety: The drame du coucher 32
3 Separation Anxiety: An Emotional Paradigm 50
4 Separation Anxiety in Love Relationships 64
5 Narrative Identity 84
6 Emblematic Narration 99
7 From Impression to Expression 111
8 Reading Emotions 142
Conclusion: Reading Proust in the Twenty-first Century 172
Notes 185
Bibliography 261
Index 269
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