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Proust's Intermittent Seriality, or What Is a Literary Event?

Bray, Patrick; (2022) Proust's Intermittent Seriality, or What Is a Literary Event? In: Elkins, Katherine, (ed.) Prousts in Search of Lost Time Philosophical Perspectives. (104-C4.N19). Oxford University Press, USA

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Abstract

Proust’s monumental novel has often been described as the last great French novel of the nineteenth century, the heir to Balzac’s and Zola’s massive novel series. The fact that Proust’s novel inherits many technical aspects from these writers but marks a departure from them has been interpreted as the shift to French modernism or as the turning point between the novel of the nineteenth century and that of the twentieth century. Proust’s novel’s intermittences, in style, structure, and theme, create their own patterns, and so the seriality of In Search of Lost Time may, in the end, have nothing to do with what came before it or what comes after it, but in how its internal ruptures and repetitions require us to read it again and again—this book that is never the same, lacking in internal coherence, this book that reflects time passing with each successive reading.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Proust's Intermittent Seriality, or What Is a Literary Event?
ISBN: 0190921587
ISBN-13: 9780190921583
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190921576.003.0005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190921576.003.0005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: seriality, intermittence, repetition, event, Derrida
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10173408
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