Proust and the Play of Time|
Spring 2012 not offered
Arguably the most important work in 20th-century French literature, Marcel Proust's A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU provides a rich and often satiric picture of French society in the late 19th and early 20th century. It broke new ground in terms of its philosophical, aesthetic, and psychological insights, as well as its narrative form, influencing the great majority of writers in France (and many elsewhere) since its publication. We will study three aspects of time in LA RECHERCHE: historical time, Proust's thinking about our experience of time, and the play of time in the form of the novel itself. We will discuss his ideas about memory, mortality, art, and literature, as well as his trenchant analysis of love and jealousy. We will study DU CÔTÉ DE CHEZ SWANN and approximately half of both À L'OMBRE DES JEUNES FILLES EN FLEURS and LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ. Attempts to translate Proust into other media--BANDE DESSINÉE, and film--will also be brought into play.
Students will practice and improve their skills in writing and speaking coherently and effectively about literature. Guided revision of papers is encouraged.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Marcel Proust. DU CÔTÉ DE CHEZ SWANN, À L'OMBRE DES JEUNES FILLES EN FLEURS, LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short papers and one final paper. In-class presentation and active participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings, discussion, and written assignments will be in French. Only COL students may take this course Pass/Fail.
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