Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Theory and Criticism


Dr. Helen Fielding


Proust and Schelling ask, in their different ways, what is our rapport to the past? What is our relationship to the past such that it can offer us the truth about itself, about its appearance, about our perception of its appearance and finally, about ourselves? Were we there when it happened (which asks the same as ‘did we have being when it happened’), has it happened and has it finished happening? In the Ages of the World, Schelling explicates an ontology of the past. His formulation of being which exists although it has no being is a useful framework within which the past can be situated as a relationship to the present, that is to say, it is where non-being can exist in relationship to the being of the present, which I use as a formulation for memory throughout my discussion of Proust. KEYWORDS:



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