chapter  10
The essay and criticism
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Adomo attributes to the essay the same possibility of "unified sensibility" Eliot finds in the poem. For Adomo, Proust's essayistic fiction was a final attempt to "save or reproduce a form of knowledge that was still considered valid in the days of bourgeois individualism when the individual consciousness still trusted itself and was not yet worried about organizational censure: the knowledge of an experienced man" (156). It is worth noting that Adomo sees unified sensibility as a product and expression of bourgeois individualism, not, like Eliot, as being destroyed by it. Adomo strongly preferred individualism to ·modem mass culture, and made a sharp distinction between them, where Eliot saw the extension of liberal-humanist individualism as producing the atomized, alienated mass that constitutes modem society.