This book explains the relationship between imagination and intellectual inquiry. It is written in the form of articles intended for academic readers. The book focuses on main subjects: proust, modern French poetry, and psychoanalysis.
1. Remembering the Future Part I: Proust 2. Proust and Psychoanalysis 3. Plutarch to Proust: Exemplary Lives 4. Proust and the Art of Brevity 5. Proust and Italian Painting 6. Reading Proust between the Lines Part II: Modern French Poetry 7. The Question of Un Coup de dés 8. Genius at Nightfall: Mallarmé’s ‘Quand l’ombre menaça de la fatale loi…’ 9. Towards a Poetics of Mallarmé’s Late Prose 10. Sea and Structure in fin-de-siècle France: Mallarmé and Debussy 11. Mallarmé: Serenity and Violence 12. Mallarmé’s Last Things 13. Paul Valéry: Dream and the Unconscious 14. Paul Eluard Part III: Psychoanalysis 15. Lacan and Mallarmé: Theory as Word-Play 16. Memory and Desire in Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents 17. Psychoanalysis and Art: The Winnicott Legacy 18. Freud and the Art of Biography 19. Introduction to Sigmund Freud, an Outline of Psychoanalysis