Marcel Proust in the Light of William James

Marcel Proust in the Light of William James : In Search of a Lost Source

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Although William James was a significant presence in Paris at the dawn of the 20th century, his psychological and philosophical theories well known, any role he played in the gestation of Marcel Proust's ground-breaking novel A la recherche du temps perdu has been neglected by scholars on both sides of the Atlantic-until now. Much of what made Proust's novel so startlingly original stems from James's writings, which were available to Proust in French more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 black & white halftones
  • 0739181629
  • 9780739181621

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Marilyn M. Sachs's Marcel Proust in the Light of William James: In Search of a Lost Source is an original and important contribution to Proust studies. Well researched and written in a lucid and engaging style, her book offers the reader an excellent literary and philosophical study of these two major figures while underscoring the many parallels between James's pioneering work in psychology and Proust's innovations as a novelist. -- William C. Carter, Distinguished Professor of French, University of Alabama at Birminghamshow more

About Marilyn M. Sachs

Marilyn M. Sachs holds a doctorate in French literature. She is an independent scholar living in St. Louis, more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Seeing Proust in a New Light Chapter 1: Text in Context: Points of Contact and Circles of Acquaintance Chapter 2: The Jamesian Stream and the Proustian Art of Consciousness Chapter 3: Parallels in the Penumbra: Tracking James's Psychology in Proust's Novel Chapter 4: From Jean to Je: Experience in the First Person Singular Chapter 5: Patterns of Palimpsest: James's Theories and Proust's Prose in the Purview of Neuro-Cognitive Science Afterword Appendix Works Cited or Consulted About the Authorshow more