ONLINE CLASS: Proust's The Captive and The Fugitive (2148)

Six Mondays: April 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

$130.00 (10% off for members)


The next-to-last volume of Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time, consisting really of two books,  The Prisoner and The Fugitive, begins with the improbable  sojourn of an unmarried girl, Albertine, in the apartment of the novel’s narrator.  An exhausting, claustrophobic study of the duel of lovers, these volumes manage to include many events and people from the whole gamut of the narrator’s Parisian life.  The volumes do, nevertheless, represent the protagonist’s descent, comparable to Dante’s, into the nether reaches of damnation,  his distrust leading to lies which nearly destroy all belief, his grief putting at risk his sanity.  Revelations are never conclusive, nor can we trust our narrator’s word for his states of mind.  High points, on the other hand, include the narrator’s great moments of  aesthetic exaltation, responding to music and to Venice. 

We will be using the Modern Library edition of Proust in class, and you will find it much easier to locate what we are talking about if you have this edition.

Six Mondays: April 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Online Class

Required text:

In Search of Lost Time, volume 5 "The Captive and The Fugitive" by Marcel Proust (Modern Library Edition), ISBN 9780375753114


Melanie (Penny) Du Bois did her undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, has lived in Europe, and taught literature at universities there and here. She has directed a reading group in Washington since 1989. Her recent Politics and Prose classes have been on the work of Coetzee, Penelope Fitzgerald, Tolstoy, Grossman, and Proust. 

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

In Search of Lost Time Volume V The Captive & The Fugitive (Modern Library Classics #5) Cover Image
By Marcel Proust, C.K. Scott Moncrieff (Translated by), Terence Kilmartin (Translated by), D.J. Enright (Revised by)
ISBN: 9780375753114
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Modern Library - February 16th, 1999