Marcel Proust's The Guermantes Way

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 30 – December 2 (class will not meet November 25)

6 - 7:30 pm

Led by Mike Levine

The third volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s monumental novel, is a dazzling portrait of the salon society of late nineteenth-century Paris rendered in loving detail even as it is ruthlessly satirized. The narrator discovers the shallowness of a world he had mythologized as a boy in Combray. At the same time, mysterious figures at the margins of the previous volume assume center stage, their layers of complexity slowly revealed. Please read to page 69 for the first class.

Mike Levine’s most recent Newberry seminar was on Proust’s Within a Budding Grove. He holds a PhD in English from Rice University.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Volume 3: The Guermantes Way (Modern Library, 978-0-375-75233-9)

Readings for the First Session:

  • The Guermantes Way, p. 1 - 69.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Nine sessions, $231.
Register Online.