January 9 | Swann’s Way


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You asked, we answered! Proust is on our calendar for 2022. We’re starting with Swann’s Way, which is volume 1 of In Search of Lost Time. On February 13 we’ll start volume 2, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower.

When: Four weekly sessions on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting January 9, 2022

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$250 plus 13% HST (approx. US$195 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.




Dr. Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.


Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust, translated by Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff, edited by William C. Carter
(Yale University Press, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0300185430

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In the volumes that compose Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, the author takes up the challenge of narrating a life. But he does so in a way that makes his readers aware of the challenges he faces as he undertakes this project. How do you tell the story of your life? What events are key? What details are relevant? How do relate one moment to another? In this seminar we consider these questions as we undertake a close reading of the first volume in the series, Swann’s Way. Simultaneously a meditation on time, an exploration of memory, and an experiment in/with narrative, we consider how these threads in this novel are interwoven into a theory of the self.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

All seminars are subject to minimum enrollment of 7 participants. Click the link for full terms and conditions for Classical Pursuits online seminars.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

Image credit: Swann’s Way edition via Creative Commons 3.0


Additional information

Multiple seminars discount

Swann's Way only, Swann's Way + In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, Sodom and Gomorrah only, The Captive and The Fugitive only, Time Regained only