Proust and Signs: The Complete Text

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U of Minnesota Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
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The essential work on Proust--now in paperback! In a remarkable instance of literary and philosophical interpretation, the incomparable Gilles Deleuze reads Marcel Proust's work as a narrative of an apprenticeship--more precisely, the apprenticeship of a man of letters. Considering the search to be one directed by an experience of signs, in which the protagonist learns to interpret and decode the kinds and types of symbols that surround him, Deleuze conducts us on a corollary search--one that leads to a new understanding of the signs that constitute A la recherche du temps perdu. In Richard Howard's graceful translation, augmented with an essay that Deleuze added to a later French edition, Proust and Signs is the complete English version of this work. Admired as an imaginative and innovative study of Proust and as one of Deleuze's more accessible works, Proust and Signs stands as the writer's most sustained attempt to understand and explain the work of art.
  

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Review: Proust and Signs: The Complete Text

User Review  - Billy Dean - Goodreads

What a book to finish on Deleuze's birthday! I wish I had read this long, long ago. I put it off because I was afraid that I wasn't familiar enough with Proust to understand it. P&S is indispensable ... Read full review

Review: Proust and Signs: The Complete Text

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Heavy lifting but somehow not...I read this after Joshua Landy's somewhat ponderous desiccation of Proust and I feel like my favorite author has been given back to me somehow, returned to his originality or something. (ut ut ut ut) Read full review

Contents

Signs and Truth
15
Apprenticeship
26
Essence and the Signs of Art
39
Secondary Role of Memory
52
Series and Group
67
Pluralism in the System of Signs
84
Conclusion to Part I
94
Antilogos
105
Cells and Vessels
116
Conclusion to Part II
170
Notes
183
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Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was professor of philosophy at the University of Paris, Vincennes-St. Denis.

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