By Evelyne Ender
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--Mieke Bal, collage of Amsterdam
"A paintings of literary stories located on the intersection of culture and innovation. Evelyne Ender's publication brings stylish cultural issues to endure on conventional literary texts-her incredible pedagogical abilities entice and consultant the reader throughout the such a lot tough psychoanalytical concepts."
--Nelly Furman, Cornell University
Evelyne Ender is Professor of French stories, collage of Washington. She is the writer of Sexing the brain: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Hysteria.
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3 What lies behind this apparent paradox becomes clear once we remind ourselves that in ordinary life, forgetting naturally prevails over remembering. Human recollection is, by nature, extremely selective: only a small fraction of what we perceive and experience is retained. Each of our strong, fully fledged, or "memorable" memories represents, in other words, a significant physiological and mental feat against our innate tendency toward amnesia, against a "forgetting [that] is a truly universal phenome non" (Weiner, 577).
1 • The Aroma of the Past: Marcel Proust and the Science of Memory And soon, mechanically, dispirited after a dreary day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liq uid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, some thing isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin.
16 Proust's functional, almost mechanis tic model of recollection, with its reliance on stimulus and response, helps us imagine what we mean when we say that we are "cued" into remembering an event or when we speak of memory prompts. But Proust is attentive as well to questions of retrieval. Not every encounter leads to as spectacular a memory as "Combray" and its immensely rich depiction of childhood scenes. Other encounters may produce a much smaller yield, but the pat terning is consistent: autobiographical memory always emerges, for Proust, at the intersection between body and mind.