Science and Structure in Prousts A la recherche du temps perdu: A la recherche du temps perdu by Nicola LuckhurstScience and Structure in Prousts A la recherche du temps perdu: A la recherche du temps perdu by Nicola Luckhurst

Science and Structure in Prousts A la recherche du temps perdu: A la recherche du temps perdu

byNicola Luckhurst

Hardcover | February 17, 2000

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Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu is a hybrid, a novel-essay, a capacious work of fiction containing a commonplace-book. It might, as Roland Barthes has suggested, be thought of as the product of profound and cherished indecision, Proust's indecision between two styles of writing, themoralistic and the fictive/novelistic/romanesque. Structure and Science is an exploration of this indecision. The shorter Proust, Proust the moraliste, is a prolific writer of maxims, from the laws of the passions to the aesthetic manifesto of the Temps retrouve to the [?rapacious] teeming/fertile/spawning/exuberant/luxuriant reflection(s) on sexuality, politics, society. Yet these maxims, whose grammarlays claim to timelessness, are bound up in narrative, the story of their evolution. And disintegration. Proust's moralizing exposes our affective relationship with law statements, with authority, and it is this question that engages A la recherche in an epistemological debate which crosses theboundaries between the two cultures, art and science. What might be called the epistemological alertness of Proust's text is explored at this interface between 'modernist' science and literature.
Nicola Luckhurst is at University of London.
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Title:Science and Structure in Prousts A la recherche du temps perdu: A la recherche du temps perduFormat:HardcoverPublished:February 17, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198160021

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Table of Contents

IntroductionMaximsCorrespondence between Art and ScienceRetroductionHypothesisModellingKnowledge as Revolution and RevelationTheory-laden souffranceSerendipityBibliographyIndex

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`Luckhurst convincingly redraws the map to show the common geography of literature and science; any stodgy, pedantic hesitations are soon cast aside as Luckhurst guides us through the 'abundant metaphoric, speculative, and regulatory presence' of science in the recherche.'Margaret E. Gray, TLS 29.12.00.