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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 research of human remembrance. She indicates how reminiscence not just has a real foundation yet is inseparable from fictional and aesthetic parts. fantastically written in available prose, and bold in its scope, the booklet takes up works through Proust, Woolf, George Eliot, Nerval, Lou Andreas-Salome, and Sigmund Freud, attending to the guts of crucial questions on psychological photographs, empirical wisdom, and the devastations of reminiscence loss in ways in which are suggestive and profound. Architexts of Memory joins a turning out to be physique of labor within the energetic box of reminiscence reports, drawing from scientific psychology, psychoanalysis, and neurobiology in addition to literary studies.

"An very important, cogently argued, sophisticated and wealthy examine of a subject of significant interest."
--Mieke Bal, collage of Amsterdam

"A paintings of literary reports situated on the intersection of culture and innovation. Evelyne Ender's booklet brings trendy cultural matters to undergo on conventional literary texts-her awesome pedagogical abilities trap and consultant the reader throughout the so much tricky psychoanalytical concepts."
--Nelly Furman, Cornell University

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

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11 But the overwhelming response this model of remembrance has received among scientists tells us something else. He describes how memories are, as it were, captured alive, at the frontier between a physio­ logical and a mental experience-that is, in the very place defined by Oliver Sacks's "neurology of identity" (Man Who, viii). Proust's discov­ ery calls for its own metaphor: he succeeded in capturing the moment when a bevy of butterflies flits through the mind, and not the butterflies pinned to a board, frozen and gathering dust.

24 A shoulder, an arm, a leg: different parts of the rememberer's body, endowed each with a distinctive sensation, pro­ vide him with a first map of past experiences. A "body memory" (Proust calls it la memoire du corps) cues the mind into recollection. It is, however, by reassigning each image to the proper category and scene that the waking subject will eventually "find himself"-that is, he will know who he is and where he is. "I remember, therefore I am," Proust thus tells us, in effect, in his rich demonstration of how the remembering subject finds again and again the necessary moorings that reconnect him to his biography and his identity.

I remember, therefore I am," Proust thus tells us, in effect, in his rich demonstration of how the remembering subject finds again and again the necessary moorings that reconnect him to his biography and his identity. 25 But Proust's description also looks ahead, toward the kinds of analyses that bear on the "neurology of identity" and have been developed by Oliver Sacks, and after him by Israel Rosenfield and Antonio Damasio. The complex and bewildering combination of impressions (as Proust calls them) or recollections, sensations, and perceptions (as they look to us) pre­ sented in this awakening are a perfect instance of Rosenfield's thesis that consciousness arises from "the dynamic interrelations of the past, the pres­ ent, and the body image" (84 ).

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