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Living Proust and the belle époque

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.”

Marcel Proust, ‘In Search of Lost Time’

 11 May 2017 | 18:30-22:00

Senate House, London

This year, Living Literature invites you to explore Marcel Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time‘.

Join Sarah Churchwell (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Erika Fulop (University of Lancaster) and Anna-Louise Milne (University of London Institute in Paris) for an immersive encounter with Proust’s classic novel ‘In Search of Lost Time’.

Learn about how taste, smell and memory are linked through sensory experiments with the Centre for the Study of the Senses, immerse yourself in a labyrinthine universe where erotic desire and scientific method combine. Surrounded by the scents, fashions and music of the belle époque, you can feast on food inspired by ‘In Search of Lost Time’ and sip linden tea cocktails while learning about Paris at the turn of the century. Listen to readings and pop-up talks, learn about love, jealousy, queer identity, art, society and politics during the French fin de siècle, view our literary exhibition and enjoy a magic lantern show. There will also be an intimate performance of Proust’s fictional Vinteuil sonata, as well as other classical composers from the era. Plus a few surprises on the night…

Full programme coming soon.

Ticket pricing: Standard – £40 | Concession – £20

Senate House
Malet Street