Nietzsche and Proust: A Comparative Study

Hardcover | August 15, 2001

byDuncan Large

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This book combines a Nietzschean reading of Proust's novel A la recherche du temps perdu with a Proustian reading of time and transcendence in Nietzsche's philosophy. Drawing in particular on Gilles Deleuze's early studies of the two writers, it argues (against Jacques Derrida and JuliaKristeva) 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 themes ofinvoluntary memory and eternal recurrence are read together as elements in a shared aesthetics of self-creation, and in conclusion the complex temporalities of Nietzsche and Proust's 'untimely' texts are shown to issue into the problematics of the 'postmodern'.

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This book combines a Nietzschean reading of Proust's novel A la recherche du temps perdu with a Proustian reading of time and transcendence in Nietzsche's philosophy. Drawing in particular on Gilles Deleuze's early studies of the two writers, it argues (against Jacques Derrida and JuliaKristeva) that they pursue a parallel programme of...

Duncan Large is Lecturer in German, University of Wales Swansea

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242275

ISBN - 13:9780199242276

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List of Abbreviations, Editions, and TranslationsIntroductionNietzsche and Proust? Nietzsche and Proust?1. Towards a Comparative Analysis: Four Case Studies2. Proust's Nietzsche3. Epistemoptics: Proust's Perspectivism4. In Search of the Self5. Logics of the Future PerfectConclusionAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex