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Swann’s Way at 100

Reading Proust, 1913-2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:00pm

University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Swann’s Way at 100:
Reading Proust, 1913-2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013
4:00 – 6:30 pm
University Club – President’s Room
Indiana Memorial Union

Featuring David Ellison (Univ. of Miami)

Known as the “annus mirabilis” of French twentieth-century letters, the year 1913—final and culminating year of the “Belle Epoque,” which would end abruptly on the battlefields of World War I—saw the publication of Proust’s Swann’s Way, first volume of In Search of Lost Time (originally translated into English as Remembrance of Things Past).  “It’s illegible,” claimed publisher Bernard Grasset famously, even as he nonetheless agreed to a project rejected by three other editors.  Yet Grasset’s decision was scarcely an endorsement of the work’s merits; continuing in equally dismissive scorn, he explained, “We’ve published it at the author’s expense.” A century later, In Search of Lost Time  stands, indisputably, as one of the most decisive literary masterpieces of all time.  Honoring the centennial anniversary of the publication of Swann’s Way on November 14th, 1913, this colloquium seeks to offer an overview of Proust’s great legacy, via a sampling of the limitless readings his work has inspired.

Roundtable discussion with brief presentations by:

  • François Proulx (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    Proust’s Jet
  • Caroline Szylowicz (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    Paperwork: Adventures in Collecting Proust
  • Marc Weiner (Indiana, Germanic Studies)
    Proust and Wagner’s Confectionary Affinity
  • Herbert Marks (Indiana, Comparative Literature)
    Proust’s Little Barometer Man
  • Nicolas Valazza(Indiana, French and Italian)
    Beyond Impressionism: From the “Port de Carquethuit” to the “Clochers de Martinville”

Moderator: Margaret Gray
(Indiana, French and Italian)


Lecture by David Ellison
Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, University of Miami
Situating Proust

This centennial celebration is made possible through the generous support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute and the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French and Italian.