Skip to main content


Swann at 100/Swann à 100 ans

Swann at 100/Swann à 100 ans

Event details

Conference organised by Prof. Adam Watt (

[Voir plus bas pour la version française]

This conference brings together leading Proust scholars to discuss and assess Du côté de chez Swann a century after its original publication. Swann is a landmark in literary modernism, the portal to Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu and a cultural pivot between the late nineteenth-century and a world soon changed beyond recognition by the Great War. How does the contemporary status of the first volume of A la recherche compare to that of other works produced that extraordinary year (such as Apollinaire’s Alcools, Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel or Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring)? A century on, where does Proust’s work of high art belong in a world dominated by high speed and the quick fixes of popular culture? Genetic criticism and digital technologies have radically altered the way we archive, access, publish and explore Proust’s writings and others from his era. What will the next hundred years of Proust scholarship hold? These and other questions will be discussed and debated at Reed Hall in December 2013.

There will be six panel sessions of three papers as well as the three following plenary lectures:

  • Prof. Edward J. Hughes, Queen Mary, University of London - ‘“Cette ignorance si envahissante”: between knowledge and oblivion’
  • Dr Nathalie Mauriac Dyer, CNRS (ITEM/ENS, Paris) - ‘Quelques écrivains préférés’
  • Prof. William C. Carter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama - ‘Mon livre me venait de Swann’

Confirmed Panel Speakers

Dr Hugues Azérad, University of Cambridge - Dr Thomas Baldwin, University of Kent - Prof. Christine Cano, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio - Dr Stéphane Chaudier, Université Jean Monnet-Saint Etienne - Prof. Jacques Dubois, Université de Liège - Prof. David Ellison, University of Miami - Dr Anna Elsner, King’s College London - Prof. Vincent Ferré, Université Paris Est-Créteil - Prof. Luc Fraisse, Université de Strasbourg - Prof. Margaret Gray, Indiana University - Dr Cynthia Gamble, University of Lancaster - Prof. Karen Haddad, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre - Prof. Brigitte Mahuzier, Bryn Mawr University - Dr Hiroya Sakamoto, Rikkyo University, Tokyo - Prof. Marion Schmid, University of Edinburgh - Prof. Franc Schuerewegen, Universités de Nimègue et d’Anvers - Dr Anne Simon, CNRS/EHESS Paris - M. Matthieu Vernet, Fondation Thiers/Collège de France


Delegates booking the Conference Dinner on Tuesday 17 December will need to make their choice from the Swann Menu before booking.  Please enter your choice on the questionnaire as part of your online booking process, or on the appropriate section of the downloaded booking form.

You can either book online or download a form in English or French below.

The Centre for Translating Cultures is delighted to sponsor the launch of Professor Watt’s edited volume Marcel Proust in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). The volume’s intermedial and transcultural strengths exemplify the intellectual aims of the Centre. For details on the volume please see our news release.

89_Abstracts.pdfSwann at 100/Swann à 100 ans (138K)
88_SwannDraftProgramme_02June2013.pdfSwann at 100/Swann à 100 ans (318K)
87_Swann_RegistrationForm_ENGLISH.docSwann at 100/Swann à 100 ans (182K)
86_Swann_RegistrationForm_FRANCAIS.docSwann at 100/Swann à 100 ans (184K)


Reed Hall