Proust's Binoculars: A Study of Memory, Time, and Recognition in A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu

Proust's Binoculars: A Study of Memory, Time, and Recognition in A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu

Proust's Binoculars: A Study of Memory, Time, and Recognition in A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu

Proust's Binoculars: A Study of Memory, Time, and Recognition in A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu

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Out of the vastness of his literary wisdom and the extensiveness of his literary work, Proust himself made most of the relevant comments on his own writings. Like the Bible, A la recherche du temps perdu embodies its own sources, myths, and criticism. It comes to stand for a state of civilization. Yet Proust's excavation of his particular world through the artistic process became so rich in detail that we often fail to discern what he was digging for and what he found. Thus one understands why the "meaning" of Proust, the nature of his esthetic approach to life, has rarely been articulated outside his own work. And the difficulty of Proust has another aspect too easily overlooked: what he says intimately concerns our consciousness of ourselves as human beings faced with the appalling responsibility of living our lives. Challenged both to under-

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