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The Gardens of Desire: Marcel Proust and the Fugitive Sublime
Stephen Gilbert Brown | ISBN: 0791461130 | PDF | 254 pages | 2004 | 2 MB
The Gardens of Desire is at once a model of literary interpretation and a groundbreaking psychocritical reading of a literary masterpiece, Marcel Proust’s la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). Shedding new light on the origins of the creative impulse in general, and on the psychological origins of the Recherche in particular, the book illuminates the hidden associations between matricidal, suicidal, sadistic, masochistic, homoerotic, and creative impulses as manifested in Proust’s work. The book moves beyond traditional Freudian readings of Proust to consider the theories of Otto Rank, Jacques Derrida, and others, and provides provocative readings of the "privileged moments" that comprise many of the work’s "critical cruxes," as well as a thought-provoking rereading of the novel’s ending. Both elegant and accessible, this book boldly explores the violence of desire as it relates not only to Proust’s narrator, but also to Proustian criticism itself, with its own violent desire to appropriate the essence of Proust’s masterpiece.
"This book is extremely well written and highly readable--free of jargon but subtle in its grasp of theories. What I like most is Brown's bold use of the theories of Otto Rank to discover and articulate affinities between New Critical and postmodern readings of Proust."
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