Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu by Ingrid WassenaarProustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu by Ingrid Wassenaar

Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perdu

byIngrid Wassenaar

Hardcover | April 15, 2000

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A la recherche du temps perdu occupies an undisputed place in the unfolding intellectual history of the 'moi' in France. There is, however, a general tendency in writing on this novel to celebrate the wonders of the moi sensible uncritically. This effaces all that is morally dubious or franklyexperimental about Proust's account of selfhood. It denies the rigour with which Proust tries to understand exactly why it is so difficult to explain one's own actions to another. The great party scenes, for example, or the countless digressions, read like manuals on how acts of self-justificationtake place. Proust, however, is not merely interested in some kind of taxonomy of excuses, hypocrisy, disingenuousness, and Schadenfreude. He wants to know why self-justification tends to be interpreted as indicative of moral or psychological weakness. He asks himself whether self-justification informsisolated moments of everyday existence or whether it endures in an overall conception of self that lasts an individual's lifetime. He investigates whether it dictates the functioning of an entire social group. Can we decide, he asks, whether justifying one's self should be written off as morallyrepugnant, or taken seriously as evidence of moral probity?
Ingrid Wassenaar is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
Title:Proustian Passions: The Uses of Self-Justification for A la recherche du temps perduFormat:HardcoverPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: OUTWARDSDoing the right thing: a study of Proustian partiesPart II: ENCOUNTERSDigressions and self-justification: making the perfect fitMoments of attachment: the cloisonDangerous proximity: the reverses of characterPart III: INWARDSUnder cover of mourning: the ethics of vulnerabilityConclusionAppendices: I. A table of Proustian parties; II. A table of digressions in A la recherche du temps perdu: III. Cloison instances in A la recherche du temps perduIndex