Journal of Romance Studies

Moix and signs: time and the revelations of memory in Terenci Moix’s autobiography

Journal of Romance Studies (2006), 6, (3), 31–46.

Abstract

This article draws on the early work of Gilles Deleuze – particularly on Proust and Signs (2000; first published in 1964) and, to a lesser extent, on Difference and Repetition (2004; first published in 1968) – in order to analyse the concept and the representation of time in Terenci Moix’s three-volume autobiography El peso de la paja [The Weight of Straw] – including El cine de los sábados (1998a [1990]) [The Saturday Matinee], El beso de Peter Pan (1998b [1993]) [Peter Pan’s Kiss] and Extraño en el paraíso (1998c) [Stranger in Paradise]. Treating Moix’s biographical narrative as a ‘search for truth’ (Deleuze 2000: 15) and as the story of the ‘apprenticeship of a man of letters’ (3), the article aims to demonstrate that for Moix (much as for Proust, according to Deleuze) the revelations of memory entail the laying bare of an ‘essential’ or ‘original’ time, a time which – contrary to all commonsense assumptions – cannot be conceived of as a chronological succession of spatial movements, but must be viewed instead as a virtual totality in which the past ‘is and […] coexists with itself as present’ (58). The article then turns to Moix’s Timaeus-inspired notion of an ‘eternal’ time vis-à-vis the normal ‘passing’ time and sees this, from a Deleuzian point of view, as the author’s attempt to install a domain of virtual transcendence as the ground for actual experience.

Access Token
£25.00
READ THIS ARTICLE
If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Badiou, Alain (2000) Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, trans. Louise Burchill (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press). Deleuze: The Clamor of Being Google Scholar

Bergson, Henri (1991) Matter and Memory, trans. N. M. Paul and W. S. Palmer (New York: Zone Books). Matter and Memory Google Scholar

Bogue, Ronald (1989) Deleuze and Guattari (London: Routledge). Deleuze and Guattari Google Scholar

Bogue, Ronald (2003) Deleuze on literature (London: Routledge). Deleuze on literature Google Scholar

Boudas, Constantin V. (1996) ‘Deleuze-Bergson: An Ontology of the Virtual’, in Paul Patton, Deleuze: A Critical Reader (London: Blackwell), 81–106. Deleuze-Bergson: An Ontology of the Virtual Deleuze: A Critical Reader 81 106 Google Scholar

Burchill, Louise (2000) Translator’s Preface: ‘Portraiture in Philosophy, or Shifting Perspectives’, in Alain Badiou, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press), vii–xxiii. Translator’s Preface: ‘Portraiture in Philosophy, or Shifting Perspectives’ Deleuze: The Clamor of Being vii xxiii Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2000) Proust and Signs, trans. Richard Howard (London: Athlone Press). Proust and Signs Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2002) Bergsonism, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (New York: Zone Books. Bergsonism Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2004) Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton (London: Continuum). Difference and Repetition Google Scholar

Ellis, Robert Richmond (1997) The Hispanic Homograph: Gay Self-Representation in Contemporary Spanish Autobiography (Chicago: University of Illinois Press). The Hispanic Homograph: Gay Self-Representation in Contemporary Spanish Autobiography Google Scholar

Fernàndez, Josep-Anton (2000) Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction (Leeds: Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association). Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction Google Scholar

Ménil, Alain (2002) ‘The Time(s) of the Cinema’, in Jean Khalfa, ed., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (London: Continuum), 84–104. The Time(s) of the Cinema An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze 84 104 Google Scholar

Mira, Alberto (1999) Para entendernos: diccionario de cultura homosexual, gay y lésbica (Barcelona: Ediciones de la Tempestad). Para entendernos: diccionario de cultura homosexual, gay y lésbica Google Scholar

Mira, Alberto (2004) De Sodoma a Chueca: una historia cultural de la homosexualidad en España en el siglo XX (Barcelona and Madrid: Egales). De Sodoma a Chueca: una historia cultural de la homosexualidad en España en el siglo XX Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1969) El dia que va morir Marilyn (Barcelona: Edicions 62. El dia que va morir Marilyn 62 Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998a) El cine de los sábados (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 1 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). El cine de los sábados (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 1) Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998b) El beso de Peter Pan (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 2 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). El beso de Peter Pan Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998c) Extraño en el paraíso (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 3 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). Extraño en el paraíso (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 3) Google Scholar

Plato (2000) Timaeus, trans. Donald J. Zeyl (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing). Timaeus Google Scholar

Proust, Marcel (2001) In Search of Lost Time, 4 vols, trans. C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, vol. IV (London: Everyman Publishers). In Search of Lost Time Google Scholar

Smith, Paul Julian (1992) Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960–1990 (Oxford: Clarendon Press). Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960–1990 Google Scholar

Badiou, Alain (2000) Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, trans. Louise Burchill (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press). Deleuze: The Clamor of Being Google Scholar

Bergson, Henri (1991) Matter and Memory, trans. N. M. Paul and W. S. Palmer (New York: Zone Books). Matter and Memory Google Scholar

Bogue, Ronald (1989) Deleuze and Guattari (London: Routledge). Deleuze and Guattari Google Scholar

Bogue, Ronald (2003) Deleuze on literature (London: Routledge). Deleuze on literature Google Scholar

Boudas, Constantin V. (1996) ‘Deleuze-Bergson: An Ontology of the Virtual’, in Paul Patton, Deleuze: A Critical Reader (London: Blackwell), 81–106. Deleuze-Bergson: An Ontology of the Virtual Deleuze: A Critical Reader 81 106 Google Scholar

Burchill, Louise (2000) Translator’s Preface: ‘Portraiture in Philosophy, or Shifting Perspectives’, in Alain Badiou, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press), vii–xxiii. Translator’s Preface: ‘Portraiture in Philosophy, or Shifting Perspectives’ Deleuze: The Clamor of Being vii xxiii Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2000) Proust and Signs, trans. Richard Howard (London: Athlone Press). Proust and Signs Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2002) Bergsonism, trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (New York: Zone Books. Bergsonism Google Scholar

Deleuze, Gilles (2004) Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton (London: Continuum). Difference and Repetition Google Scholar

Ellis, Robert Richmond (1997) The Hispanic Homograph: Gay Self-Representation in Contemporary Spanish Autobiography (Chicago: University of Illinois Press). The Hispanic Homograph: Gay Self-Representation in Contemporary Spanish Autobiography Google Scholar

Fernàndez, Josep-Anton (2000) Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction (Leeds: Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association). Another Country: Sexuality and National Identity in Catalan Gay Fiction Google Scholar

Ménil, Alain (2002) ‘The Time(s) of the Cinema’, in Jean Khalfa, ed., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (London: Continuum), 84–104. The Time(s) of the Cinema An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze 84 104 Google Scholar

Mira, Alberto (1999) Para entendernos: diccionario de cultura homosexual, gay y lésbica (Barcelona: Ediciones de la Tempestad). Para entendernos: diccionario de cultura homosexual, gay y lésbica Google Scholar

Mira, Alberto (2004) De Sodoma a Chueca: una historia cultural de la homosexualidad en España en el siglo XX (Barcelona and Madrid: Egales). De Sodoma a Chueca: una historia cultural de la homosexualidad en España en el siglo XX Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1969) El dia que va morir Marilyn (Barcelona: Edicions 62. El dia que va morir Marilyn 62 Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998a) El cine de los sábados (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 1 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). El cine de los sábados (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 1) Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998b) El beso de Peter Pan (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 2 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). El beso de Peter Pan Google Scholar

Moix, Terenci (1998c) Extraño en el paraíso (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 3 ) (Barcelona: Planeta). Extraño en el paraíso (Memorias: El peso de la paja, 3) Google Scholar

Plato (2000) Timaeus, trans. Donald J. Zeyl (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing). Timaeus Google Scholar

Proust, Marcel (2001) In Search of Lost Time, 4 vols, trans. C. K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, vol. IV (London: Everyman Publishers). In Search of Lost Time Google Scholar

Smith, Paul Julian (1992) Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960–1990 (Oxford: Clarendon Press). Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960–1990 Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Details

Author details

Vilaseca, David

Vilaseca, David