Proust’s Madeleines: In Search of Lost Time


Course Description

Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is on many readers’ lists of books to read, but it is a daunting task to approach. Join a group of peers to journey together through Swann’s Way and Within a Budding Grove, the first two volumes of this novel, which include the famous madeleine episode.

Reading Proust is an opportunity to explore the “ways” of time and memory, to investigate how the recollection of seemingly insignificant moments may reveal so much about the relationship of the present to the past and the future. What can we learn today—one hundred years after Proust’s death—from his meditative journey? Can Proust help us identify and clarify a self-transcending practice that will allow us to be more mindful, to savour each moment, to seize the day?

Participants may read the books in English or French, but class discussion will take place in English.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • In Search of Lost Time Volume 1: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (9780375751547)
    • In Search of Lost Time Volume 2: Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust (9780375752193)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Wednesday 21 September 2022

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Discussion Team: Munirah Amra, Nusia Matura, +1

Degree Credit: 3 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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