2017 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture by Antoine Compagnon

2017 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture by Antoine Compagnon
9 May 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

​This year's Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture 'Rereading Proust in 2017', has partnered with the School of Advanced Study’s Living Literature series to present a lecture given by Professor Antoine Compagnon (Columbia/ Collège de France). 

Professor Compagnon is perhaps the most famous professor in French studies in the world, and arguably the leading expert on modern and contemporary French literature. In his lecture, Professor Compagnon will reveal how Marcel Proust’s writings are as alive and relevant today as they were when first published. 

“Since 1913, several generations of readers of Proust have ensued: the sect of Proustians who discovered his novel in the Gallimard's "Collection Blanche"; the enlightened who read it in the first "Pléiade" of 1954, alongside Jean Santeuil and Contre Sainte-Beuve; the baby boomers who were offered the "Livre de Poche” in the 1960s, with Deleuze, Barthes or Genette as their guides. Translations proliferated. And now? Is the Recherche still read? Has it reached the limit of its appeal? Proust has become a sign of distinction, and all reading is rereading, as Nabokov famously said.” (Antoine Compagnon)

The lecture will run as a precursor to ‘Living Proust and the Belle Époque’ taking place on Thursday 11 May. Find out more: livingliterature.org.uk | #LivingProust

Sponsored by the Cassal Trust

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Admission free, all welcome. Please register in advance.


Kremena Velinova
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