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Reading in Proust's A la recherche: 'le délire de la lecture'

Adam Watt


This book, through close analysis of the scenes of reading in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, offers an invigorating new study of the novel and previously unacknowledged paths through it. After considering key childhood ‘Primal Scenes’ which mark the act of reading as revelatory and potentially traumatic, the book then examines the interwoven strands of the novel's narrative of reading: scenes where the narrator reads and where others provide ‘lessons in reading’ are shown to be intricately connected within the narrator's considerations of intelligence, sense experience ... More

Keywords: reading, Primal Scenes, intelligence, sense, experience, knowledge, phenomenology, involuntary, délire, translation, impressions, death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Watt, author
Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London
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