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13:00 - 14:00 23 October 2012
The Northcliffe Lectures in Literature 2012 Distances – Proust’s Children
A V Hill Lecture Theatre |
Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free of charge
Professor Michael Wood, Princeton University
Each lecture in the series of three Distances lectures is self-contained, not requiring knowledge of the others, but the three are linked by a continuing question: the relationship of literature to history at moments and in texts where that relationship has been seen to be in crisis.
The third and final lecture in the Distances series, ‘Proust’s children’, will parse Proust’s style of thinking as it appears in a succession of later writers: Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and others. Proust had no children, of course, but he did say books were the children of solitude, and the point here would be to show what it means to write in Proust’s mode of solitude rather than another, or to write in some sort of company.
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