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Welcome to Proustian Paths - the podcast channel that gives you different routes through Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time.

In the main numbered episodes, join host Dr. James Holden for a guided walkthrough of this classic work of French literature. Then, in the ‘Shortcuts’ episodes, get ahead in your understanding with spoiler-filled discussions of key characters and concepts that range across the entire text.

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Welcome to Proustian Paths - the podcast channel that gives you different routes through Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time.

In the main numbered episodes, join host Dr. James Holden for a guided walkthrough of this classic work of French literature. Then, in the ‘Shortcuts’ episodes, get ahead in your understanding with spoiler-filled discussions of key characters and concepts that range across the entire text.

    Episode 8: Swann and Forcheville

    Episode 8: Swann and Forcheville

    Love quickly turns to jealousy along Swann's Way. In this episode of the Proustian Paths podcast we return to the Verdurin salon in Paris on the evening Odette introduces Forcheville to the little clan. He establishes himself there as a rival for Odette's love, sparking Swann's jealousy which we see played out as we follow the paths that take him to Odette's window late at night.

     

    Join audio tour guide Dr. James Holden on the next leg of our gentle walk through this important work of French literature, Marcel Proust's classic novel A la recherche du temps perdu.

     

    This episode will provide you with:

     

    * a clear 'map' of the sequence - focusing on the social scene and the two 'window' scenes that are the beginning of Swann's jealousy.

    * a discussion of the important physical, social and conceptual 'landmarks' Proust  places in the passage.

    * an opportunity to take in the literary-critical view.

     

    Proustian Paths is the perfect introduction to Marcel Proust's work for new readers and a way for dedicated Proustians to get a new view on the book they love.

    • 17 min
    Episode 7: Swann and Odette

    Episode 7: Swann and Odette

    Today's steps along the paths through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time find us heading out into the streets of Paris and following Charles Swann as he searches for Odette. This episode traces Swann's emotional and physical journey, and the relationship that then develops between the couple.

    Listening to Episode 7 of the Proustian Paths podcast will give you:

    a 'map' of this section of Proust's narrative (pp. 229 - 253 of the edition published by Penguin).
    a list of the physical and conceptual 'landmarks' needed to navigate this passage.
    a discussion of the literary-critical view.

    Join your audio tour guide and host Dr James Holden as we continue our gentle walk through Marcel Proust's masterpiece of French literature - A la recherche du temps perdu. The perfect podcast for both first time readers of Proust's work and dedicated Proustians alike.

    • 15 min
    Channel Update

    Channel Update

    It's time for a quick channel update! Discover what’s been happening here at the Proustian Paths podcast since our last episode and find out what's coming up on the channel. It’s true that I’ve taken a long detour before being able to come back to the paths through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time, but I’m now back to guide us on our slow reading journey together.

    So dust off your literary walking boots and listen to this update and you'll be ready for upcoming new episodes as we continue our gentle walk through Proust's masterpiece of French literature - A la recherche du temps perdu.

    • 4 min
    Episode 6: Swann in Love

    Episode 6: Swann in Love

    Charles Swann is in love. In this episode, our path through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time follows the paths that the character Charles Swann himself takes as he circles from his home to the Verdurin salon, and from there to Odette's house at the beginning of their grand love affair.

    Join audio tour guide Dr. James Holden on the next leg of our gentle walk through this important work of French literature, Marcel Proust's classic novel A la recherche du temps perdu.

    This episode will provide you with:

    * a clear 'map' of the sequence so that you can understand the structure of these social scenes.

    * a discussion of the important physical, social and conceptual 'landmarks' Proust himself places in the passage.

    * an opportunity to take in the literary-critical view.

    Proustian Paths is the perfect introduction to Marcel Proust's work for new readers and a way for dedicated Proustians to get a new view on the book they love.

    • 19 min
    Shortcut: Vinteuil

    Shortcut: Vinteuil

    Vinteuil's music is one of the central artistic reference points in Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time. But who is Vinteuil?

    In this episode of Proustian Shortcuts from Proustian Paths, host Dr. James Holden provides you with a very quick shortcut to understanding this character's place in Proust's work A la recherche du temps perdu, helping you get ahead on your own journey through this masterpiece of French literature.

    In this episode you will:

    * Discover Vinteuil’s life in Combray.

    * Learn about Vinteuil’s life as a composer and his feelings towards his own works.

    * Discover Vinteuil’s two most important pieces of music, his Sonata for violin and piano and his Septet, and learn about their importance for both Proust’s Narrator and also Charles Swann in his relationship with Odette.

    * Hear about the afterlife of Vinteuil’s music and the creation of his artistic legacy.

    Save time in your reading and comprehension of the classic work In Search of Lost Time, and listen to this 3 minute episode today.

    ***Contains plot SPOILERS for the entirety of Proust's In Search of Lost Time.***

    • 3 min
    Shortcut: The Little Clan

    Shortcut: The Little Clan

    Who are 'the Little Clan'? Find out in the first episode of 'Proustian Shortcuts', the new series from Proustian Paths that provides you with quick shortcuts to an understanding of the key characters and concepts in Marcel Proust's classic novel, In Search of Lost Time.

    In this episode you will:

    * Discover the members of the little clan, the faithful of the Verdurin salon, and how the group changes over time and through the course of the novel.

    * Learn about the group’s social status and their relationship with the fashionable aristocratic society of Paris.

    * Hear how the clan provide some of the key artistic reference points in the novel.

    So join host Dr James Holden and find your own way through Proust’s text - A la recherche du temps perdu. Save time in your reading and comprehension of the classic work In Search of Lost Time today, and listen to this 3 minute episode.

    ***Contains plot SPOILERS for the entirety of Proust's In Search of Lost Time.***

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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Good stuff!

The more Proust the better, as any receptive reader who has read this masterpiece will tell you. Ditto Proust podcasts. This podcast is intelligent & knowledgeable & I’m looking forward to more episodes. I’m very much an experienced Proustian & I know & love the novel well, so it’s easy for me to be off by uninformed talk of In Search, but that’s not the case here. The podcast has just started & I suspect the podcaster is not experienced in this medium, so is understandably finding his feet in terms of presentation, as it progresses I expect him to lose the stiffness & relax into a more modulated & personable delivery. Good stuff!

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