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Photographic Vision in Proust

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Stephen Infantino

Underscoring the active presence of photographically conceived imagery in Proustian discourse, this study draws upon the reproductive vision of both narrator and narrated as influenced by an invention whose prolific intervention clearly markts the creative psyche of an artistic society. With support from texts by Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes and others, visual and verbal modes of recall find common ground in A la Recherche du temps perdu as its overall structure becomes tainted with the tones of mechanical reproduction.
Contents: Beginning with a brief illustration of the relation between mechanical invention and vice, the study posits photographic vision as a critical appartus for reviewing love, alterity, property and sexuality.