Marcel Proust: The Fictions of Life and of Art

Paperback | July 29, 2013

byLeo Bersani

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Leo Bersani is an eminent literary critic whose influential work spans half a century. His vast, in many ways unclassifiable, oeuvre has traversed and blurred the boundaries of the disciplines of modern French literature, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, art history, film theory,philosophical aesthetics, and masculinity studies and sexuality studies. Oxford University Press published Bersani's first book, on Proust, in 1965, but the work has long been out of print. This new edition comes in response to a recent renewal of interest among philosophers of literature, amongothers, and features a new preface from the author.

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Leo Bersani is an eminent literary critic whose influential work spans half a century. His vast, in many ways unclassifiable, oeuvre has traversed and blurred the boundaries of the disciplines of modern French literature, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, art history, film theory,philosophical aesthetics, and masculinity studies and ...

Leo Bersani is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Intimacies ( with Adam Philips, 2008), Forms of Being: Cinema, Aesthetics, Subjectivity (with U. Dutoit, 2004), Forming Couples: Godard's Contempt (with U. Dutoit, 2003), Caravaggio's Secrets (with U. Dutoit, 1998), and Homo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931518

ISBN - 13:9780199931514

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Fantasies of the Self and the WorldI. "Je n'etais plus qu'un coeur qui battait"II. Self-effacement and self-projectionIII. The vulnerable self and its many deaths2. The Anguish and Inspiration of JealousyI. The mystery of other people's desiresII. Jealousy and the tortured imaginationIII. Strategies to immobilize the "tres de fuite," and "les joies de la solitude"IV. From the lover's anguish to the novelist's possessions3. The Language of LoveI. The loved one's absence from the lover's desiresII. The self as an "appareil vide": a critique of psychological analysisIII. The "notes fondamentales" from the perspective of memory: psychological analysis reinstatedIV. The monologue of love as a dialogueV. The merging of fantasy and realism4. Social Contexts: Observation and InventionI. The aristocracy's glamorII. Society as a work of art: the poetry of the pastIII. Reflections of Marcel's psychology in the social worldIV. "Le royaume du neant"V. Variety of characterization and the general lawsVI. Marcel the character and Proust the author5. Marcel's VocationI. The artist and the "residu reel" of personalityII. Involuntary memory and the work of artIII. The "accent" of individuality in literary styleIV. Metaphor: "les surfaces sont devenues reflechissantes"ConclusionNotesIndex