ONLINE CLASS: Proust's The Guermantes Way (2091)

Six Mondays: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.

$130.00 (10% off for members)

Death and social events, hysterical comedy and bewilderment come at us at a rapid, perplexing pace in this section of In Search of Lost Time called The Guermantes Way. Lonely moments under trees and aesthetic introspection give way to the narrator’s avid registering of social behavior. While historical topics, the Dreyfus Affair and World War I, provide the background of continually changing topics and scenes, this class will be searching through the seemingly disparate episodes to look for for Proust’s continuing themes, social class, taste, art, and the mind’s apprehension of reality. Go slowly, read the sentences until you feel their logic. Keep track of your surprises and bafflements. We will have a lot to talk about.

This class is a continuation of a series.  Some of you may not have read Swann’s Way or In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. The class will surely bring up impressions from the previous sections, but with minimal help on who’s who, any reader who is new to Proust will soon be swimming along.

Six Mondays: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Online class.


Book: Required Edition

The Guermantes Way, ed. William C. Carter, ISBN 9780300186192 

Melanie (Penny) Du Bois did her undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, has lived in Europe, and taught literature at universities there and here. She has directed a reading group in Washington since 1989. Her recent Politics and Prose classes have been on the work of Coetzee, Penelope Fitzgerald, Tolstoy, Grossman, and Proust.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Guermantes Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 3 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300186192
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - November 20th, 2018