James Dutton | Proust Between Deleuze and Derrida | Edinburgh University Press | 2022

James DUTTON, Proust Between Deleuze and Derrida, The Remains of Literature, Édimbourg, Edinburgh University Press, 28 fév. 2022.


Explores the deep affinity between Proust’s textual experimentation and the revolutionary philosophical interventions of Derrida and Deleuze

  • Reads Proust’s relevance to continental philosophy and influence on its literariness
  • Emphasises important, but significantly ignored Derridean and Deleuzean (and Deleuzo-Guattarian) concepts and key terms, like restance, the sumplokē, differentiation, the noēteon and the black hole/white wall system
  • Follows À la recherche du temps perdu through its ‘affective arc’, and uses desire, love, jealousy and grief to draw out new perspectives from the work of Derrida and Deleuze

James Dutton argues that Proust’s lone published text, À la recherche du temps perdu (1913–27), stages a uniquely productive encounter between philosophy and literature. In its genre-defying originality, it anticipates some of the most important concepts and strategies of poststructuralist French thought exemplified in the work of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze.