Muhlstein Video (1 hour): Proust's Muse

The French Embassy live-streamed Anka Muhlstein and Dr. Valerie Steele, Nov. 22, 2016. Here is the recording.


The Captive V pp 231-60

p 231 | Passy : an area of Paris located in the 16th arrondissement, on the Right Bank, home to many of the city's wealthiest residents.

p 233 | ... Rue de Berri and Rue Washington are in the same neighborhood, the 8th arrondissement of Paris,

p 233 | Lemuel Gulliver is the fictional protagonist and narrator of Gulliver's Travels, a novel written by Jonathan Swift, first published in 1726.

p 235 | Janus  is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.

p 237 | ... old French silver... This is only from 1882.
p 240 | Anaxagoras  (c. 500—428 B.C.E.):  Anaxagoras of Clazomenae was an important Presocratic natural philosopher and scientist who lived and taught in Athens for approximately 30 years.

p 240 | .... the Apostles at Pentecost...The Christian feast day of Pentecost is 7 weeks after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.

p 243 | amyl = amyl nitrite, a vasodilator, may have been used to treat / prevent chest pain (angina).

p 249 | Claude-Philibert Barthelot, comte de Rambuteau (1781–1869), Préfet of the former Départment of the Seine, caused pissoirs to be installed on Paris streets. See also pissotière.

p 255 |  Neurasthenia.... more than just neurotic?

p 257 |  Le Pêcheur d'Islande (An Iceland Fisherman, 1886 novel by Pierre Loti); Tartarin de Tarascon (Tartarin of Tarascon, 1872 novel by Alphonse Daudet)

p 26o |  Eyeglasses in 19th century France


The Captive V pp 210-30

p 217 | Gabriel Davioud, (French architect, 1823–81), Trocadero, Jardin des Champs-Élysées.

p 218 | Charterhouse of Pavia = Carthusian monastery of Pavia (Italy)


p 218 | Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431-1506), Italian painter.

p 218 | Passy is an area of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, on the Right Bank, traditionally home to many of the city's wealthiest residents.

Passy & the Seine


Bois de Boulogne
p 219 | The Bois de Boulogne is a large public park on the western edge of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine. It was created between 1852 and 1858 during the reign of the Emperor Louis Napoleon.

p 229-30 | Ferdinand Barbedienne (French artist, 1810-92). Bronze worker, reproduced ancient and modern sculptures in bronze.