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Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic

Christopher Prendergast


Marcel Proust was long the object of a cult in which the main point of reading his great novel In Search of Lost Time was to find, with its narrator, a redemptive epiphany in a pastry and a cup of lime-blossom tea. We now live in less confident times, in ways that place great strain on the assumptions and beliefs that made those earlier readings possible. This has led to a new manner of reading Proust, against the grain. This book argues the case differently, with the grain, on the basis that Proust himself was prey to self-doubt and found numerous, if indirect, ways of letting us know. The bo ... More

Keywords: novel, Marcel Proust, mirage, In Search of Lost Time, self-doubt, mad belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155203
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Prendergast, author