By Evelyne Ender
"An very important, cogently argued, sophisticated and wealthy learn of a subject matter of serious interest."
--Mieke Bal, college of Amsterdam
"A paintings of literary stories located on the intersection of culture and innovation. Evelyne Ender's ebook brings stylish cultural matters to endure on conventional literary texts-her extraordinary pedagogical abilities trap and consultant the reader during the such a lot tough psychoanalytical concepts."
--Nelly Furman, Cornell University
Evelyne Ender is Professor of French stories, collage of Washington. She is the writer of Sexing the brain: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Hysteria.
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Extra info for Architexts of Memory: Literature, Science, and Autobiography
The rememberer is, like the spi der, a master weaver: he spins images into solid structures or scenes that cir cumscribe a mental space that enables him to capture that most elusive of preys-a self. ): by reconnecting images and scenes to times and places, he is able to bridge the gaps in consciousness created by sleep. Memory, we thus learn, enables consciousness. The two faculties go in a circle, and constantly interact: memory needs consciousness, just as con sciousness relies on memory. "Not only is it impossible to have memory without consciousness, but equally it is impossible to have anything like a fully developed consciousness without memory," writes the philosopher John Searle in response to recent research on the mind (180).
On opening that door the Proustian rememberer is given access to a universe of experience that offers itself like a work of art-her work of art.
3 What lies behind this apparent paradox becomes clear once we remind ourselves that in ordinary life, forgetting naturally prevails over remembering. Human recollection is, by nature, extremely selective: only a small fraction of what we perceive and experience is retained. Each of our strong, fully fledged, or "memorable" memories represents, in other words, a significant physiological and mental feat against our innate tendency toward amnesia, against a "forgetting [that] is a truly universal phenome non" (Weiner, 577).