Proust and the Arts | ITEM-ENS | Paris | 9 juin 2016

Matinée d’étude autour de l’ouvrage collectif Proust and the Arts
(dir. Christie McDonald et François Proulx, Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Jeudi 9 juin 2016, 10h-12h30
ITEM-Proust, École normale supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, salle Paul Langevin, Paris
Proust and the Arts
Présentation de l’ouvrage
Christie McDonald et François Proulx

Notes de lecture
Kathrin Yacavone

Table ronde animée par Anne Simon
Avec Evelyne Ender, Suzanne Guerlac, Françoise Leriche

Proust and the Arts brings together expert Proustians and renowned interdisciplinary scholars in a major reconsideration of the novelist’s relation to the arts. Going beyond the classic question of the models used by Proust for his fictional artists, the essays collected here explore how he learned from and integrated, in highly personal ways, the work of such creators as Wagner or Carpaccio. This volume reveals the breadth of Proust’s engagement with varied art forms from different eras: from « primitive » arts to sound recordings, from medieval sculpture to Art Nouveau glassmaking, from portrait photography to the private art of doodling. Chapters bring into focus issues of perception and detail in examining how Proust encountered and responded to works of art, and attend to the ways art shaped his complex relationship to identity, sexuality, humor, and the craft of writing.