Marcel Proust: Archetypal music--an exercise of transcendence
Journal/Book: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 1985; 6: 250-260.
Abstract: Examines Marcel Proust's use of "archetypal music" (i.e., clusters of sound waves interwoven into specific patterns that are turned into electrical impulses and transmitted through the auditory nerve to the brain) as a literary device and a vehicle for enticing his protagonists to experience conditions of transcendence. The use of archetypical music is discussed with regard to the mental imagery and emotion that listening to music generates within the central character, Charles Swann, in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.
Note: use of archetypal music as exercise of transcendence & literary device in M. Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past"
Keyword(s): Music ; jungian psychology; literature ; psychoanalytic interpretation