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    Odette en abyme: Marcel Proust and Photography

    Thursday, June 4, 2015
    8:00 PM

    "Odette en abyme: Marcel Proust and Photography" with Dr. Mary Bergstein

    Marcel Proust offered the twentieth century a new psychology of memory and seeing. His novel, À la recherche du temps perdu, was written in the modern age of photography and art history. Because photographs were so persistently associated with memory and time, (and because memory is the overarching topic of the recherche) photography had a special relevance to Proust’s visual imagination. His invention of the character Odette is especially nuanced in this regard. Qualities of condensation, displacement, and timelessness enter into Proust’s uses of photography to establish Odette’s relationship with Charles Swann. The photographic phenomenon continues in the narrator’s obsession with Albertine, and the “little actresses” of Second-Empire Paris.

    FREE. ALL ARE WELCOME.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Mary Bergstein is an authority on Italian Renaissance art, and the author of The Sculpture of Nanni di Banco (Princeton, 2000). She won the American Psychoanalytic Association’s “Courage to Dream Book Prize” for her book Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography, and the History of Art (Cornell 2010). Her newest book, In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography was published by Editions Rodopi/Brill in 2014. Bergstein is currently working on a book project to be titled, From Science to Eros: Visual Culture in Freud’s Vienna. Bergstein has published over 40 articles and reviews. She has been professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1990.

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