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Welcome to Proustian Paths - the podcast channel that gives you different routes through Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Join host Dr. James Holden in the main numbered episodes for a guided walk through of this classic work of French literature. Then, in the ‘Shortcuts’ episodes, get ahead in your understanding of Proust’s novel with spoiler-filled discussions of key characters and concepts that range across the entire text. The perfect podcast for readers new to Marcel Proust’s work, and the ideal way for dedicated Proustians to get new perspectives on the books they love.

Welcome to Proustian Paths - the podcast channel that gives you different routes through Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Join host Dr. James Holden in the main numbered episodes for a guided walk through of this classic work of French literature. Then, in the ‘Shortcuts’ episodes, get ahead in your understanding of Proust’s novel with spoiler-filled discussions of key characters and concepts that range across the entire text. The perfect podcast for readers new to Marcel Proust’s work, and the ideal way for dedicated Proustians to get new perspectives on the books they love.

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United Kingdom

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Welcome to Proustian Paths - the podcast channel that gives you different routes through Marcel Proust’s masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Join host Dr. James Holden in the main numbered episodes for a guided walk through of this classic work of French literature. Then, in the ‘Shortcuts’ episodes, get ahead in your understanding of Proust’s novel with spoiler-filled discussions of key characters and concepts that range across the entire text. The perfect podcast for readers new to Marcel Proust’s work, and the ideal way for dedicated Proustians to get new perspectives on the books they love.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 7: Swann and Odette

3/24/2022
Today's steps along the paths through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time find us heading out into the streets of Paris and following Charles Swann as he searches for Odette. This episode traces Swann's emotional and physical journey, and the relationship that then develops between the couple. Listening to Episode 7 of the Proustian Paths podcast will give you: Join your audio tour guide and host Dr James Holden as we continue our gentle walk through Marcel Proust's...

Duration:00:15:54

Channel Update

3/9/2022
It's time for a quick channel update! Discover what’s been happening here at the Proustian Paths podcast since our last episode and find out what's coming up on the channel. It’s true that I’ve taken a long detour before being able to come back to the paths through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time, but I’m now back to guide us on our slow reading journey together. So dust off your literary walking boots and listen to this update and you'll be ready for upcoming new...

Duration:00:04:32

Episode 6: Swann in Love

10/3/2021
Charles Swann is in love. In this episode, our path through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time follows the paths that the character Charles Swann himself takes as he circles from his home to the Verdurin salon, and from there to Odette's house at the beginning of their grand love affair. Join audio tour guide Dr. James Holden on the next leg of our gentle walk through this important work of French literature, Marcel Proust's classic novel A la recherche du temps...

Duration:00:20:29

Shortcut: Vinteuil

8/27/2021
Vinteuil's music is one of the central artistic reference points in Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time. But who is Vinteuil? In this episode of Proustian Shortcuts from Proustian Paths, host Dr. James Holden provides you with a very quick shortcut to understanding this character's place in Proust's work A la recherche du temps perdu, helping you get ahead on your own journey through this masterpiece of French literature. In this episode you will: * Discover Vinteuil’s...

Duration:00:04:29

Shortcut: The Little Clan

8/20/2021
Who are 'the Little Clan'? Find out in the first episode of 'Proustian Shortcuts', the new series from Proustian Paths that provides you with quick shortcuts to an understanding of the key characters and concepts in Marcel Proust's classic novel, In Search of Lost Time. In this episode you will: * Discover the members of the little clan, the faithful of the Verdurin salon, and how the group changes over time and through the course of the novel. * Learn about the group’s social status and...

Duration:00:04:38

Shortcuts: Trailer

8/13/2021
Introducing Proustian Shortcuts, the new series of quick episodes from Proustian Paths designed to get you ahead in your understanding of Marcel Proust's masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Each ‘Shortcut’ episode offers a short, spoiler-filled discussion of a crucial character or concept from this classic work of French literature. From ‘the little clan’, to Vinteuil’s music and even the idea of involuntary memory, this new series will help speed you along the way through Proust. So join...

Duration:00:07:15

Episode 5: The Verdurin Salon

7/23/2021
In this new episode, our gentle walk through the text of Marcel Proust’s classic novel In Search of Lost Time sees us leave Combray behind and enter Paris, and the Verdurin salon. Here, we’ll meet the regulars, the ‘little clan’, and learn about the love affair between Charles Swann and Odette. We’ll also hear the Vinteuil Sonata. Here, then, our slow reading journey brings us to the section entitled ‘Swann in Love’ or ‘Un Amour de Swann’, which will now occupy us for several episodes, and...

Duration:00:21:14

Episode 4: The Two Ways

5/14/2021
There are two 'ways' or paths that head out of Marcel Proust's Combray - Swann's Way and the Guermantes Way. In this episode of Proustian Paths, our gentle walk through the text of Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time finally finds us heading down these famous paths. Join audio tour guide James Holden and discover these great pieces of literary terrain and how they shape so much of the work to come. This episode will provide you with: * a 'map' of the section describing...

Duration:00:20:19

Episode 3: Combray

4/30/2021
Combray looms large in the Proustian imagination. In Episode 3 of Proustian Paths, our gentle walk through Marcel Proust's classic novel In Search of Lost Time finally brings us to this town. Your audio tour guide James Holden will help you navigate the section of text describing this place, and will show you all the best literary-critical views. Let's discover the town, its inhabitants, and its place in the Narrator's memories. This episode will provide you with: * a 'map' of the section...

Duration:00:20:03

Episode 2: Madeleine Cakes and Tea

4/16/2021
The madeleine cake sequence is the most famous moment in Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time. Discover why in this episode of Proustian Paths. Join your audio tour guide James Holden as we pause on our gentle walk through Proust's work to enjoy tea and cake. Learn about the idea of 'involuntary memory' and discover Proust's madeleine cake - so famous it even ended up as a phrase: 'madeleine de Proust'. This episode will provide you with: * a 'map' of this famous scene. * a...

Duration:00:21:13

Episode 1: Waking and Sleeping

4/2/2021
Join me on the Proustian Paths as we start our gentle walk through the text of Marcel Proust's classic work of French literature, In Search of Lost Time. In this first episode of this series, your audio tour guide Dr. James Holden will steer you safely through the opening passages of the novel. We'll see how Proust's Narrator 'went to bed early'. We'll follow him as he begins to remember the places of his life - Combray, Balbec Tansonville, Paris and more. This video will provide you...

Duration:00:24:45

Proustian Paths: Trailer

3/26/2021
Proustian Paths is the new series of podcasts that will take you on a gentle walk through a classic work of French literature: Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. James Holden is your audio tour guide for this journey and is ready to show you the very best literary critical views. So, dust off your literary walking boots and listen to this trailer to be ready for our journey through this twentieth-century masterpiece, Marcel Proust's novel A la recherche du temps perdu.

Duration:00:03:12