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Artful Mosaic: Proust Recalled with a Kierkegaardian Twist

Mary Ann Caws
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Vol. 22, No. 3, Proust (Fall 1988), pp. 503-515
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42945728
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Abstract

The mannerist effect of contrapposto, that turning back of gesture or of the text upon itself, is what Proust's sketch of "La Comtesse" in Contre Sainte-Beuve makes into and of a serpentine line and what his "L'Article dans Le Figaro" repeats in gesture. For Proust's haunting recall of the past and present, his gesture towards and away and towards a hawthorn, for example, ironically reminds us of Kierkegaard's Constantin Constantius's Repetition: A Venture in Experimenting Psychology. Such double directioning about experiencing and enduring, as about returning, such recollection, recall, and repetition is then read into the View of Delft, into the mosaic at St. Mark's, into the matter of Combray, and, finally, into the simple redress Françoise enacts, patching it all up, modestly. The pieces recalled are meant to fit.

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