Proust In Theory ENGLIT5023

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will follow not only our reading of Marcel Proust's A la recherché du temps perdu, but also those of critical thinkers, such as Barthes, Beckett, Benjamin, Deleuze, Genette and Kristeva, among others, whose direct engagements with Proust's writing illuminate both this seminal model text and our subsequent definitions of literature and reading, culture, representation and the subject. The core text will be the recent 6 volume Penguin translation, In Search of Lost Time.


10 weekly 2 hour seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





1 x written essay of up to 5000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ encourage in-depth study of one of the defining texts of the modern period.


■ familiarise students with the range of critical and theoretical approaches to a seminal modernist text.


■ encourage independent learning, group learning and participation and the development of presentation and research skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course students will be able to:


■ show a familiarity with advanced techniques of close reading.

■ engage with a wide variety of critical and theoretical approaches.


■ engage with questions of literary and cultural history.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment