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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In the 1972 edition of this book, which makes up the first part of this title, Deleuze examines signs emitted by persons and events in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. In one interesting ... 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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