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The Rhythm of ThoughtArt, Literature, and Music after Merleau-Ponty$
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Jessica Wiskus

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030920

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031088.001.0001

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Proust through the Fold of Memory

Proust through the Fold of Memory

(p.26) 3 Proust through the Fold of Memory
The Rhythm of Thought

Jessica Wiskus

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the problem of depth as intimately connected with the question of artistic expression. It illustrates how Marcel, the narrator of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu, not only wonders at the visual depth of the realm in which he is immersed but presents his ability to imagine visual depth as a metaphor for another—a play of the mind as it strives to negotiate the depth between perception and memory. This latter capacity is the one that must be developed for the writer, in contrast to the painter, and it is this realm of internal depth—a dimension revealed as if the mind itself operated as a kind of interior stereoscope—that serves as a principal theme throughout the Recherche, which is a project entirely undertaken according to a depth structure.

Keywords:   depth, artistic expression, marcel proust, visual depth, perception, memory, internal depth, depth structure

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