By Evelyne Ender
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"A paintings of literary reports situated on the intersection of culture and innovation. Evelyne Ender's booklet brings trendy cultural issues to undergo on conventional literary texts-her brilliant pedagogical abilities trap and advisor the reader throughout the such a lot tricky psychoanalytical concepts."
--Nelly Furman, Cornell University
Evelyne Ender is Professor of French reviews, college of Washington. She is the writer of Sexing the brain: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Hysteria.
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Were she to fail in her mission, she would not know what time, what place, what identity she inhabits and would remain the prisoner of an essentially physiological and mechanically driven existence. 28 In the absence of remembrance, we face our present like a puzzle: "the here and now is simply incomprehensible," concludes Dama sio, and "our sense of identity is under serious threat" (203-24 ). While every awakening represents a search for consciousness, it is only because of our capacity to "carve" autobiographical memories out of the images that pass through the awakening mind that we can fully regain a sense of our identity.
The researcher needs more data and further assays, which, given the nature of involuntary memories, presents a singular challenge. Founded as they are on fortuitous encounters with sensory cues, these memories cannot be produced at will; they are triggered, each time, by different circumstances. Moreover, as the memory watcher learns in the course of his observations, the first intimations do not always lead to the discovery of a fully fledged memory: many searches fail. 7 Like the biologist who, in Linton's analogy, is watching for birds on her lonely island, the Proustian investigator remains at the mercy of the skies for his discoveries.
Linton conceives of her "memory watching ... as a technique particularly appropriate for obtaining a census of our migratory autobiographical mem ory" (52). Her metaphors are suggestive: as the inhabitant of an island (her self) who is looking for "live" memories (the birds), she defines the space for a project founded on introspection and establishes, at the same time, the dis tinction between subject and object necessary to her scientific investigation. Similarly, in Proust's research the rememberer is his own subject of inves tigation, and introspection, his method.