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Author Wimmers, Inge Crosman
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Publisher New Prairie Press
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Date Created 2017-05-18
Copyright Year ©2012
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) PT1-4897 ♦ PQ1-3999
Subject Keyword German literature ♦ Language and Literature
Abstract Defining intertextuality as “the reader’s perception of relationships between one work and others, which either preceded or followed it” (Riffaterre), this essay sets out to highlight compelling similarities between Proust’s novel, A la recherche du temps perdu , and the fictional works of George Eliot. The emphasis is on affective memory (involuntary memory and emotional templates), ethical considerations (empathy and compassion), and the kind of self-reflexive reading both writers encourage through a complicit narration that implicates the reader. They show readers how emotional memory constitutes the essence of their personal history, thus anticipating modern research in psychology and the neurosciences. In doing so, they make us aware that there are no insurmountable barriers between fictional worlds and ours. In conclusion, this intertextual reading of two novelists from different centuries and cultures has confirmed that these insights are still valid today.
ISSN 15557839
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-01-01
e-ISSN 15557839
Journal Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 1


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