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Alternative Temporalities: Queer Time in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu and Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage

Alternative Temporalities: Queer Time in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu and... <jats:p> This paper uses the concept of queer time to examine the functions of the alternative temporalities created in Proust's Recherche and Richardson's Pilgrimage. It argues that despite obvious similarities between the two works in the relevance they attribute to those privileged moments in which linear time can be transcended, there are also marked differences which are at least partly related to the question of gender. Despite its being triggered by experiences of ex-temporality, the writing project of Proust's narrator is clearly embedded in conceptions of generational time, and his calculated management of the homosexual closet requires an absolute control over his material and a heterosexual framing. Thus in the Recherche queer time only surfaces in isolated moments and does not unfold a sustained impact on the novel, whereas in Pilgrimage the female protagonist's moments of being produce a life-sustaining queer energy that permeates the whole text and helps her to withstand the pressure of heteronormativity and explore queer time as a way of being and living and, ultimately, as a mode of writing and reading. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Alternative Temporalities: Queer Time in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu and Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage

Modernist Cultures , Volume 10 (3): 336 – Nov 1, 2015

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2015
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
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1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2015.0118
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Abstract

<jats:p> This paper uses the concept of queer time to examine the functions of the alternative temporalities created in Proust's Recherche and Richardson's Pilgrimage. It argues that despite obvious similarities between the two works in the relevance they attribute to those privileged moments in which linear time can be transcended, there are also marked differences which are at least partly related to the question of gender. Despite its being triggered by experiences of ex-temporality, the writing project of Proust's narrator is clearly embedded in conceptions of generational time, and his calculated management of the homosexual closet requires an absolute control over his material and a heterosexual framing. Thus in the Recherche queer time only surfaces in isolated moments and does not unfold a sustained impact on the novel, whereas in Pilgrimage the female protagonist's moments of being produce a life-sustaining queer energy that permeates the whole text and helps her to withstand the pressure of heteronormativity and explore queer time as a way of being and living and, ultimately, as a mode of writing and reading. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2015

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