ProustDipping Into Proust

Ridgefield Library Presents: Dipping Into Proust
September and October 2012

This fall the Library will join forces with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum to present a multi-media series of programs based on Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, better known as Remembrance of Things Past or, in its original French, À la recherche du temps perdu. The novel, in seven volumes, is one of the longest in the world at 1.5 million words. Our series Dipping Into Proust will focus on just the first book, Swann’s Way, the volume that contains the now famous "episode of the madeleine” which sparked the involuntary memories of the book’s narrator.

All programs will take place at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

The recommended edition is the 2002 Lydia Davis translation; a limited number of free copies of the book will be available to registered participants courtesy of the Friends of the Library and may be picked up at the Information Desk at the Library's temporary location, at 21 Governor Street.   

For more information contact: Lesley Lambton, Adult Programs Director, 203-438-2282 x1013, lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org


 

Programs & Events

 

September 2012

Mark SchenkerLecture on the Life and Work of Marcel Proust with Dr. Mark Schenker
Dr. Mark Schenker, Associate Dean at Yale College, will kick off the series on Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM with an introductory lecture about the life and work of Proust.  Dr. Schenker has led many “sold-out” lectures at the Library in the past, including programs on such literary giants as James Joyce, John Steinbeck and, most recently, Charles Dickens.
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

Free, thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library

Click to listen to a recording of the lecture (lecture begins at 3 minute mark)



Parisian Impressions: Chamber Music of Proust’s Time with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble presents a musical program that will evoke the Paris of Proust’s time, with works by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy and others.  Performers are Stacey Shames (harp), Susan Rotholz (flute) and Eliot Bailen (cello).  A reception will follow the performance – madeleines will be served! For more information about the Sherman Chamber Ensemble visit www.shermanchamberensemble.org.

Sunday, September 23, 3:30 PM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.
Free, thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and the Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund.
Please register



October 2012

The Nonfictioneers Book Discussion of The Dreyfus Affair by Piers Paul Read

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 PM

In the 1890s and on the basis of flimsy evidence, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a rising star in the French artillery command with Alsatian Jewish roots, was placed under arrest for the crime of high treason. Not long afterward, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life on the legendary Devil's Island. The saga of Dreyfus's many trials is a fast-moving mystery story rife with heroes and villains, loose women, loyal wives, bisexual men, tricksters, and charlatans. But this was no mere sideshow. The anti-Semitism and deceit on display in the Dreyfus case was an ominous prelude to the Holocaust and the long, bloody twentieth century to come.

The intense political and judicial scandal that ensued divided French society between those who supported Dreyfus and those who condemned him.  Marcel Proust was one of his supporters and the Affair is chronicled in À la recherche du temps perdu.

 

Book Discussions of Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust led by Ridgefield Library Assistant Director Mary Rindfleisch

Join Ridgefield Library Assistant Director Mary Rindfleisch for a “dip” into Proust’s masterwork with a discussion of the first volume, Swann’s Way.   Recommended edition is the 2002 Lydia Davis translation; a limited number of free copies of the book are available to registered participants, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, and may be picked up in the Fiction Room of the Library. 

Wednesday, October 24, 10 AM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield
Free, thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library
Please register

Thursday, October 25, 7 PM
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield
Free, thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library
Please register



Program Sponsors & Partners

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Friends of the Ridgefield Library
The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund


Resources for Remembering

The Guardian Book Blog: Marcel Proust Posts

Proust Ink
A website devoted to studying and celebrating the life and works of Marcel Proust
while enjoying what he calls “the revealing smile of art."

Temps Perdu.com
A guide for casual and academic readers, compiled by Dr. Mark Calkins, Lecturer, Dept. of Comparative and World Literature, San Francisco State University

Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time: A Reader's Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past
An online companion to the book by Patrick Alexander

Selections from Proust
Scores of quotations arranged by topic by L. James Hammond

Monty Python's "All England Summarize Proust Competition"

 


 

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