In Search of Lost Time, 1913-2013
STOCKHOLM 6-7 DECEMBER 2013
Jean Eugène Auguste Atget
© Jean Eugène Auguste Atget
Where: The Auditorium.
Admission free, no advance bookings
The symposium commemorates the 100th anniversary of Marcel Proust’s immense novel In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927).
When, in 1913, the first volume Du côtéde chez Swann was published, the reception was favorable, although some critics objected at a certain wordiness. Proust emerged as a modern version of Montaigne. Yet it was only with the final volumes that critics began to realize just how brilliantly conceived the novel was. Today In Search of Lost Time is generally thought of as a masterly achievement by one of the greatest writers to have emerged in the 20th century. The novel combines microscopic observations of individual psychology with sharp reflections on the fashionable; it casts a relentless eye on political, social, and sexual hierarchies; it traces the emergence of modern painting and the transformations of music; but fundamentally the work is a meditation on time, transience, and the capacity of art to transcend our captivity in the present. The symposium offers a variety of perspectives ranging from literary studies and philosophy to queer studies and sociology, bringing together scholars and writers from France, Germany, Britain, the US, and Sweden.
The symposium is organized by Moderna Museet in collaboration with Sara Danius and Sven-Olov Wallenstein, and is supported by Södertörn University, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Swedish Academy, Institut Français, Swedish Research Council and the Goethe Institute. It is open to all and free of charge.
KEY NOTE SPEAKER:
Antoine Compagnon, Professor of French Literature, Collège de France, Paris/Columbia University, New York
Miguel de Beistegui, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
Sara Danius, Professor of Comparative Literature, Stockholm University
Edward Hughes, Professor of French, Queen Mary/University of London
Elisabeth Ladenson, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York
Ursula Link-Heer, Professor of Romance Languages, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal
Jochen Schmidt, writer and journalist, Berlin
Sigbrit Swahn, Professor emerita of French, Uppsala University
Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Professor of Philosophy, Södertörn University
Roland Pöntinen, pianist
Karin Malmquist, curator