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Proust Selected Studies Group

Boston Athenæum members who are already Proust enthusiasts, and those who are aficionados-in-the-making, are invited to join The Proust Selected Studies Group. The group typically meets the second Tuesday of some months, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified, in the Trustees' Room.
The group is led by Proust scholar Dr. Hollie Markland Harder, who is the director of language programs and Associate Professor of French at Brandeis University. Her work on Proust includes articles on Françoise’s cooking (“Proust’s Novel Confections: Françoise’s Cooking and Marcel’s Book,” which appeared in Modern Language Studies) and the function of humor in Proust’s novel (“Proust’s Human Comedy,” published in The Cambridge Companion to Proust).
Participants must sign up in advance for the year. There is a fee of $100 per year. Anyone interested should contact the Circulation Desk at (617) 227-0270 x279 or email
We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact the group moderator with questions.

2021–2022 Schedule

  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 14: Marcel Proust, The Mysterious Correspondent
  • Nov. 9: Proust and domestic servants in his novel 
  • Jan. 11: Proust, Doncières, and military life
  • Apr. 12: Proust and the mechanics of the theater in his novel
  • Jun. 7 (N.B. this is the first Tuesday): Proust, doctors, medicine, and illness in his novel
  • Happy Summer!