Architexts of Memory: Literature, Science, and Autobiography by Evelyne Ender

By Evelyne Ender

In this impressively interdisciplinary learn, Evelyne Ender revisits grasp literary works to indicate that literature can function an experimental laboratory for the learn of human remembrance. She exhibits how reminiscence not just has a authentic foundation yet is inseparable from fictional and aesthetic parts. superbly written in available prose, and bold in its scope, the e-book takes up works via Proust, Woolf, George Eliot, Nerval, Lou Andreas-Salome, and Sigmund Freud, attending to the guts of crucial questions about psychological pictures, 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 energetic box of reminiscence experiences, drawing from medical psychology, psychoanalysis, and neurobiology in addition to literary studies.

"An vital, cogently argued, sophisticated and wealthy examine of a subject matter of serious interest."
--Mieke Bal, collage of Amsterdam

"A paintings of literary stories situated on the intersection of culture and innovation. Evelyne Ender's ebook brings trendy cultural issues to endure on conventional literary texts-her magnificent pedagogical talents entice and consultant the reader during the such a lot tough psychoanalytical concepts."
--Nelly Furman, Cornell University

Evelyne Ender is Professor of French experiences, college of Washington. She is the writer of Sexing the brain: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Hysteria.

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Gerard de Nerval, whose desperate need to remember I study in chapter 7, offers a vivid reminder that autobiographical remembrance can sometimes save a mind from madness or despair, just as it can freeze the rememberer in an autistic nightmare. We are driven back to the past, we are driven to remember, because it is essential for us, as human beings, to make sense of our lives by connecting to the thread of impressions, feelings, emotions that we have experienced. Memory images provide a fragmentary record of our deepest and most significant emotions, bringing us back to the singular of histories that define each individual's existence.

Gerard de Nerval, whose desperate need to remember I study in chapter 7, offers a vivid reminder that autobiographical remembrance can sometimes save a mind from madness or despair, just as it can freeze the rememberer in an autistic nightmare. We are driven back to the past, we are driven to remember, because it is essential for us, as human beings, to make sense of our lives by connecting to the thread of impressions, feelings, emotions that we have experienced. Memory images provide a fragmentary record of our deepest and most significant emotions, bringing us back to the singular of histories that define each individual's existence.

Stumbling over an uneven stone, hearing the tingling of a spoon, touching a starched napkin, each of these sensations provides him with a chance for a new "assay" (un essai) and offers further confirmation: the most vivid of autobiographical memories are the product of such coinci- 28 • Architexts of Memory dences. A sensory stimulus triggers recall, and somewhere between body and mind there emerges a new, a forgotten memory. The Recherche thus traces a revolution in Proust's understanding of autobiographical recollection: voluntary memory pales or even fails in the light of a form of recollection that can unearth forgotten images and mirac­ ulously brings the past back to life.

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