|Time Regained-- V. VI M. Proust||London||Eight weeks||11.1.18-8.3.18||8-10 PM|
Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. -Marcel Proust
After completing incredibly satisfying studies of Ulysses and Magic Mountain, we have turned to the next big mountain of Modernism, Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. A wonderful group has worked through the first five volumes, overturning ideas around intimacy, jealousy, perspective, history– now we continue through Vol. VI: Time Regained (recommended edition: Vintage Classics, trans. C. K. Scott Moncrieff). This eight week study will consider the remainder of the work.
The Proust study thus far has helped us to embrace the experience of slow reading and contemplation. Proust’s writing requires a wide awake mind as the reader is drawn into dissecting the world as it is experienced and the way our minds decorate and create memories, values and paradigms of understanding. This sounds so dry; the wonder is how deeply sensual Proust’s work is– he is most concerned with the experience of intimacy and how this dance between two beings is fractured and re-imagined through the lens of perception. The final volume will draw together the examinations of time, memory, identity, imagination and desire.
Use the Paypal button below to register for the study and pay 145 pounds for the eight week study. The study starts April January 11th 2018, running until March 8th, completing the final volume. Celebratory dinner on March 22nd…