François Richard : a remorse of proust : contribution to the psychoanalytic theory of creation

In this article it is hypothesized that throughout Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past we find the traces of a censorship of the emergence of sexuality at puberty. Explicitly evoked in Against Sainte-Beuve, the moment of discovering the newness of puberty reappears afterwards only in a veiled way in Remembrance of Things Past. The work seeks to repair the destructive effects of this censorship and remorse through a specific aesthetic whose libidinal economy is analyzed here (in particular, the fantasy of the “ lesbian-man ”, a certain fetishism, and the permanent metaphorization of castration anxiety). A new regard can then be brought to bear on the well-known Proustian aporias about temporality.