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One Hundred Years of Jealousy - Homage to Swann

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To celebrate the centenary of the publication of the first volume of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu, Du côté de chez Swann, this symposium revisited a major theme of the novel, jealousy. Romantic or sexual jealousy was the subject matter and the trigger of tragedy in some of the greatest works in literary history, but the attention devoted to it culminated at the turn of the twentieth century in the fiction of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, James, Svevo, Musil — and not the least, Proust. In A la recherche du temps perdu, jealousy is not only the determining factor of the lives of Swann and later the narrator himself — not to mention other central figures such as Charlus, Saint-Loup, or Gilberte — but also a crucial propelling power of the narrator's apprenticeship into the world of signs which ultimately leads to the birth of writing. While revolving around this Proustian leitmotif and its afterlife in twentieth-century French literature, the symposium also brought together a variety of perspectives including psychology, film studies, and philosophy.

Event (Conference)

TitleOne Hundred Years of Jealousy - Homage to Swann
LocationTrinity College, Oxford
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event