Marcel Proust

What is the meaning and purpose of life? Find out in a short video that summarizes the key ideas in Marcel Proust's A la recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time), that at two million words, just happens to be the longest novel ever written.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show the video in art or humanities classes and have class members craft a presentation of the works of an artist they believe encourages viewers to look at life with a new sensitivity
  • Encourage pupils to create a list of Proustian moments, of experiences that enrich daily life
  • Project images of Vermeer's paintings and have viewers comment on the works in the light of Proust's ideas
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the video to determine if appropriate for your learning situation
  • Show the video in full screen mode to avoid the comments section
Pros
  • The video uses art works to illustrate key ideas
Cons
  • None