By Richard E. Goodkin
A research in obsession, Marcel Proust's A los angeles recherche du temps perdu is outwardly a self-sufficient universe of exceptional inner consistency and but is stuffed with complicated, gargantuan digressions. Richard Goodkin follows the twin spirit of the radical via hugely suggestive readings of the paintings in its interactions with track, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and cinema, and such literary genres as epic, lyric poetry, and tragedy. In exploring this attention-grabbing intertextual community, Goodkin finds a few of Proust's much less seen inventive resources and considers his impression on later paintings kinds. The creative and highbrow entities tested when it comes to Proust's novel are super different, coming from sessions starting from antiquity (Homer, Zeno of Elea) to the Nineteen Fifties (Hitchcock) and belonging to the cultures of the Greek, French, German, and English-speaking worlds. nevertheless number of shape and point of view, all of those analyses proportion a typical technique, that of "digressive" analyzing. They discover Proust's novel not just in gentle of such well-known passages as these of the madeleine and the good-night kiss, but in addition at the foundation of possible small info that finally take us, just like the novel itself, in unforeseen instructions.
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De Charlus that had opened my eyes, a revolution as complete, as immediate as if he had been touched by a magic wand. Until then, since I hadn’t understood, I hadn’t seen. Every person’s vice (or so we call it for simplicity’s sake) accompanies him like a genie invisible to humans so long as they are unaware of its presence. Kindness, deceitfulness, names, social contacts will not let themselves be discovered, and we carry them hidden. Odysseus himself did not at first recognize Athena. But gods are immediately perceptible to gods, as like is to like; so M.
Moreover, the recognition itself is immediate, but the scene that describes it is extremely protracted. The episode thus embodies both elements of the avuncular heritage—the immediacy of the present (the instant recognition, the most immediate in the whole Odyssey21) and the importance of postponement as a narrative technique. In this, the longest of the Odyssey’s recognition scenes, we learn how Odysseus got his scar. When Odysseus was born, his maternal grandfather, Autolykos, promised that when he had come of age and was old enough to come visit his grandfather, he would receive many gifts.
As a sort of miniature Telemachiad, the scene deals in a very subtle way with the question of the adolescent Marcel’s identity, both moral and artistic, and more specifically with the relation between the moral or familial element of the avuncular heritage and its aesthetic or narrative component. The entire scene is organized around the question of Marcel’s avuncular heritage, since in the course of the scene we are told of three different family figures that Marcel might resemble: first his mother, then his father, and finally his uncle.
Around Proust by Richard E. Goodkin