Marcel Proust passed away in November 1922. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his death. Professor Antoine Compagnon, a preeminent Proust scholar, was the curator of two important exhibitions in Paris, among many celebrations during this anniversary year. In this talk, he takes us through these celebrations and exhibitions, with words and images. Marcel Proust du côté de la mère was on view at the Musée d’art et d'histoire du Judaïsme (April - August 2022), and Marcel Proust, la fabrique de l’œuvre can be seenat the Bibliothèque nationale de France (until January 22, 2023).
Antoine Compagnon is the Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was Professor of Modern and Contemporary French Literature at the Collège de France from 2005 to 2020. In February 2022, he was elected to the Académie française. Professor Compagnon is the author of some twenty-five books, including several works on Marcel Proust and, most recently, La Vie derrière soi, about the relationship between creativity and old age, and Proust du côté juif.