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By Evelyne Ender

In this impressively interdisciplinary research, Evelyne Ender revisits grasp literary works to signify that literature can function an experimental laboratory for the examine of human remembrance. She indicates how reminiscence not just has a real foundation yet is inseparable from fictional and aesthetic components. fantastically written in available prose, and bold in its scope, the booklet takes up works via Proust, Woolf, George Eliot, Nerval, Lou Andreas-Salome, and Sigmund Freud, attending to the center of crucial questions about psychological photographs, empirical wisdom, and the devastations of reminiscence loss in ways in which are suggestive and profound. Architexts of Memory joins a transforming into physique of labor within the vigorous box of reminiscence experiences, drawing from medical psychology, psychoanalysis, and neurobiology in addition to literary studies.

"An very important, cogently argued, sophisticated and wealthy research of an issue of significant interest."
--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.

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