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BA History of Art / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Art in the Time of Proust

Unit code AHCP22411
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Art History and Cultural Practices
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Students will read selected texts by Proust from 'On Reading' through selected volumes and passages from his In Search of Lost Time, as well as books on Proust. The following are the key texts:
1. Eric Karples, Painting in Proust
2. Cambridge Companion to Proust, ed. by Richard Bales
3. Julia Kristeva, Time and Sense
4. Evelyne Bloch-Dano, Madame Proust
5. Marcel Proust, On Reading Ruskin
6. Marcel Proust, 'Swann's Way' and 'Swann in Love', volume I of the English translation of In Search of Lost Time. Please read the Moncrieff, Kilmartin translation as revised by Enright.
7. Marcel Proust, 'Time Regained', volume VI of the English Translation of In Search of Lost Time. Please read the Moncrieff, Kilmartin translation as revised by Enright.
8. Marcel Proust and Jean Pavans, Marcel Proust: Petit pan de mur jaune (translation will be provided)
9. Andrew Ladis, Giotto's O
10. Ivone Margulies, Nothing Happens
11. Mieke Bal, The Mottled Screen: Reading Proust Visually

Visually we will study select imagery as discussed by Proust, including works by Giotto, Botticelli, Vermeer and Monet. Also studied will be five films that perfectly reflect the notion of Proustian time:
1.Tsai Ming Lang, What Time Is it There?
2.Chantal Akerman, The Captive
3. Chantal Akerman, Jeanne Dielman
4. Raúl Ruiz, Time Regained
5. Chris Marker, Sans soleil

Syllabus

"Art in the time of Proust" is a visual, literary and cultural study of Proustian time. This unit will research Proustian time as impossibly the past, present and future at once: what the French filmmaker Chris Marker calls the 'future remembered'. The subjects studied will be mostly Anglo-European paintings, photography and film: from Pompeii to Monet to recent film, all through the lens of Proustian time. Questions that this class asks are:
1.What is visual time according to Proust?
2. Why is Proustian time particularly modern? Visual?
3. How does one see with Proust?
4. How does Proust make sense of all the senses (not only vision, but also sound, hearing, touch and smell)?
5. How is Proustian time photographic, even when it is articulating architecture, sculpture, performance (theatre) and painting?
6. Why are Ruskin and Vermeer so significant to Proustian time?
7. Why is Venice the city of Proustian time?

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 165

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carol Mavor Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Information
"Art in the time of Proust" is a visual, literary and cultural study of Proustian time. This unit will research Proustian time as impossibly the past, present and future at once: what the French filmmaker Chris Marker calls the 'future remembered'.  The subjects studied will be mostly Anglo-European paintings, photography and film: from Pompeii to Monet to recent film, all through the lens of Proustian time. Questions that this class asks are:
1.What is visual time according to Proust?
2. Why is Proustian time particularly modern? Visual?
3. How does one see with Proust?
4. How does Proust make sense of all the senses (not only vision, but also sound, hearing, touch and smell)?
5. How is Proustian time photographic,  even when it is articulating architecture, sculpture, performance (theatre) and painting?
6. Why are Ruskin and Vermeer so significant to Proustian time?
7. Why is Venice the city of Proustian time?

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