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Mirages and Mad BeliefsProust the Skeptic$
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Christopher Prendergast

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155203

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.001.0001

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Mad Belief

Mad Belief

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Mirages and Mad Beliefs

Christopher Prendergast

Princeton University Press

This book offers a reading of Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu through the lens of skepticism. It examines the spectacle of Proust arguing with himself, and more specifically his attempt to apply his rule to his own creation, as an argument with and against himself, in particular, his lucid refusal to take on “faith” and hence protect from “enquiry” what in other moods and enthusiasms he most cherished, namely, his own mad belief in the resurrecting, transfiguring, and redeeming powers of art. The book also considers Proust's two voices for the invocations of madness in connection with the certifiable condition of sexual jealousy. Finally, it explores the question of “truth” in the context of philosophical “skepticism” as well as the relation between sexuality and the pursuit of knowledge in the Recherche.

Keywords:   skepticism, Marcel Proust, À la recherche du temps perdu, truth, faith, mad belief, art, madness, sexuality, knowledge

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