LLS Boston

Fall 2015:

Proust:  In Search of Lost Time (LLS 159BOS)
Meets Mondays, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m.
Sept. 14 - 28 & Oct. 19 - Nov. 16, 2015
400 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, @ Goulston & Storrs

Proust is probably the greatest unread/misread literary master of the 20th century.  He is unread or misread because readers are confronted with an awkward choice:  either all six volumes (daunting!) of In Search of Lost Time or a single sub-volume (usually Swann's Way or Time Regained).  Few readers make it through the complete Proust, yet he truly repays interest only when we move through the entire novel, even though selectively.  Only then can we appreciate his astonishing vision of how we experience our lives in time, inside our minds and in relation to others.  This course will aim at a synoptic reading of Proust.

The required text is the six-volume Random House edition (tr. Moncrieff, rev. by Kilmarten, later rev. by Enright).

Goals:

  • to chart the many-faceted drama of subjective desire
  • to grasp Proust's radical treatment of time and space
  • to understand the roles of sexuality, social status, and art in Proust's novel
  • to appreciate the subtleties and savor of Proustean comedy
  • to take the measure of a masterwork he spent 13 years writing and that we will spend eight weeks reading

The Professor:

Philip Weinstein, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature. His teaching and writing are focused on modern literature. He has recently written Unknowing: The Work of Modernist Fiction and Becoming Faulkner.