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Department of French & Italian at Emory


Fall 2015


Doctor Louise Hardwick

"Translating Cultures: Translating the Rhythms of Joseph Zobel’s Laghia de la mort"

October 20th, C202, 4:15PM

The Caribbean owes much of its global reputation to musical inventiveness, yet representations of rhythmic practices in Francophone Caribbean literature remain relatively scarce. Few authors attempt to capture the vibrancy of a satirical carnival song or the intensity of a dance on the printed page: and yet these are precisely the cultural scenes which have the greatest potential to transcend cultural boundaries and bring Martinican literature to wider audiences.

The year 2015 marks the centenary of Zobel’s birth, and is a timely occasion for a reconsideration of his legacy. The author remains best known for his childhood memoir La Rue Cases-Negres (1950) and its subsequent film adaptation. His achievements are, however, significantly more substantial. In this paper I will focus on Joseph Zobel’s first published collection of short stories, Laghia de la mort (1946), a collection which is remarkable both for its depiction of Antillean music and dance, and its terse, rhythmic narrative. The collection, a series of tableaux of Martinican life, has a valid claim to being one of Zobel’s most dynamic and compelling literary creations. I will intersperse this paper with brief remarks on my working translation of ‘Laghia de la mort’, which when complete will be the first translation of the text into English, to demonstrate the translation of rhythms – and culture – at play in the text.

Louise Hardwick is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Birmingham, U.K. She has published widely in English and in French on authors from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, including the Haitian diaspora in Canada. Her first monograph Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean (Liverpool University Press, 2013) examines how leading Francophone Caribbean authors have established a tradition of postcolonial childhood narratives which mobilize childhood in as much a politically as an aesthetically subversive manner. Her recent work on postcolonial biopolitics (2012-2014) was funded through an EU/FP7 Marie Curie award, and her current project on Joseph Zobel is funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship (2014-2016).


Joël Des Rosiers

"From Diaspora to Metaspora - Journey to the intimate homelands"

September 17th, White Hall 111, 4:30pm

Joël Des Rosiers is a Montreal-based Haitian poet, essayist, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst. He is the author of numerous collections of poems and monographs on literary criticism. He won prestigious literary prizes such as the Grand Prix du Festival International de la Poésie (1999) and the Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars for Métaspora: Essai sur les patries intimes (2014)

"I call metaspora the digital perversion of nostalgia. However, nostalgia only has meaning if originating from sacrifice, thus rending obsolete the notions of country of origin, host country and the corollary diaspora, then word heavily loaded with ancestral anguish. Lighter, formed with slices of life instead of linear narratives, metaspora measures the distance between intimates and intimacy, as it is also a marker of the unexpected intimacy of distance, whether geographical, temporal or cultural.

Aside from being rooted in giving and in emotion, metaspora is an aesthetic category. It is emblematic of Beauty, freed from the slag of the bigotry of identities, that degrade so many poems. Through its effects on art, science and literature, metaspora allows itself the thought of a concept of space and time, taken from Jorge Luis Borges .

If the idealistic and romantic concept of diaspora is rooted in real or fantasized memories, by virtue of remembering a loss of origin, the concept of metaspora aims to make the future become present. It is therefore a series of actions allowing the legibility and the actualization of future events.

The sporadic speeches, meaning seeds or fragments, collected in the present communication, are open narratives at the confluence of psychoanalysis, music and cinema. They want to accredit the idea that the writer enriches his intimacy with the places where he lives or has lived, as long as he keeps an exquisite consciousness of his dignity as a suffering foreigner. Places, faces, artifacts, all are “intimates homelands” he carries with him wherever he goes."


Spring 2015

Migrant Selves | A Roundtable with Alain Mabanckou

March 26th, White Hall 208, 5:30-7:00pm

Born and raised in the Republic of the Congo, Alain Mabanckou later studied and worked in France before going on to teach in the United States. Mr. Mabanckou’s literary accomplishments have been acclaimed by readers, the French government, and critics and literary institutions alike. Most notably, he was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 2006, the grade of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2010 as well as the 2012 Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal, awarded by l’Académie française.

There will be a roundtable discussion of Mr. Mabanckou’s trajectory and works, followed by a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by Atlanta Francophonie Committee; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States; the Consulate General of France in Atlanta; the Hightower Fund; Laney Graduate School; the Institute of African Studies, the Institute of Liberal Arts; the Departments of English and of African American Studies; the Global and Postcolonial Studies Program; the French Enrichment and Response Association; the Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Speakers Committee.

For directions and parking information, go to :, click on "Main Campus" and search for White Hall. There is free parking available after 5 at the Fishburne parking lot or free after 7 at the Oxford Deck parking lot. More information:


A Night With Nannarella - One Act Play by Nicole Cimino

March 3rd, Rich Building 205, 7:30pm

During the casting for a concert in 2015, the star Anna Magnani returns from the afterlife to win a bet against the American play-write, Tennessee Williams. The bet is that Magnani will be brave enough to fulfill her dream of performing a show in the United States, overcoming her regret for not having had the courage to do so when she was alive. A musician is there for a casting and doesn’t know anything about it...
They decide to improvise and take people along for the journey of Magnani’s life, hoping to inspire a new generation to make a difference in their own lives and in the world.

Nicole Pezzotti, stage name Nicole Cimino, is an actress, writer, filmmaker, acting coach, and producer. She has been working in both Europe and the United States for the past decade. Her debut documentary, the Paper House Report,has received nominations by the Fordham University Festival, Forum on Law Culture, and Society in New York. She won the award as best actress at the Jive Festival in Hollywood as well as a nomination for the David di Donatello for her past work, Short Love, directed by Valentina Vincenzini. She is currently producing her one-woman show, A Night with Nannarella, and completing her first novel, Death is not allowed here, while working privately as an acting coach.

Direction for Rich Memoria building:,+Emory+University,+Atlanta,+GA+30307/@33.7896247,-84.3230912,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f506f00f63f801:0x86584ed586dc47ee
Park at Fishburne parking lot


Professor Marcel Hénaff - “Rethinking Reciprocity and Recognition: Mauss' The Gift revisited” - Feb. 24th, 4:30pm, Candler School of Theology 102

Marcel Hénaff, is a philosopher and anthropologist, professor at the University of California, San Diego. He has taught at the Universities of Copenhagen, Johns Hopkins, Kyoto and at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. He studied anthropology at the University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. His publications (translated in several languages) include Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body (Engl.Tr 1999); Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology (University of Minnesota Press, 1998; orig. Belfond, 1991); Public Space and Democracy (coedited with Tracy Strong, U of Minnesota Press, 2001); The Price of Truth. Gift, Money, Philosophy (Stanford University Press 2010; Orig. Paris, Seuil, 2002: Grand Prize of philosophy of French Academy). La Ville qui vient [tr. City in the making in press] Paris, L’Herne, 2008. Le Don des philosophes. Repenser la réciprocité, Paris, Seuil, 2012.; Violence dans la raison? Conflit et cruauté, Paris, L’Herne, 2014. His main field of research is political philosophy and anthropology of political institutions and symbolic practices.

The event is cosponsored by the Departments of Religion, Philosophy and the Institute of the Liberal Arts.


Fall 2014

Professor Alexandre Leupin - "Edouard Glissant: Poésie et coupures épistémologiques" September 25th, 4:30pm, Callaway 202

Alexandre Leupin is Phyllis M. Taylor professor in French Studies at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (
He has written extensively on Medieval and Modern Literatures, Art History and Psychoanalysis. He has published Les entretiens de Baton Rouge, an interview with Édouard Glissant, and recently completed a book-length study on this world renowned writer. He is founder and director of the online journal


Spring 2014 Events

Monique David-Ménard - "The objects of desire between Real and reality" April 21st, 4:15pm, White Hall 112

Monique David-Ménard is Professor of Philosophy and Director of doctoral research in Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris Diderot. She is also a practicing Psychoanalyst in Paris. She is an associate member of the Society of Freudian Psychoanalysis, a co-founder of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, and a member of the International Network of Women Philosophers of UNESCO. The main fields of her research are: Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, Sexualities and Gender, and the Sciences of the Living.

She is the author of: L’Hystérique entre Freud et Lacan. Corps et langage en psychanalyse (1983); La Folie dans la raison pure. Kant lecteur de Swedenborg (1990); Les Constructions de l’universel. Psychanalyse, philosophie (1997); Tout le plaisir est pour moi (2000); Deleuze et la psychanalyse. L’Altercation (2005); Les Constructions de l’universel (2009); Eloge des hasards dans la vie sexuelle (2011); Corps et langage en psychanalyse. L'hystérique entre Freud et Lacan. Nouvelle edition augmentée (2014).
Her translated works include: Hysteria from Freud to Lacan. Body and Language in psychoanalysis (1989)

The objects of desire between Real and reality:
It will be a matter of reconsidering objects in the transference not only as inassimilable residues for the subject, but also, at certain moments, as the materials for subjective transformations, thanks in particular to the function of dreams when they become acts. This invention of objects in the space of the transference leads us to stress the importance of the “day's residues,” apparently insignificant but nonetheless decisive components. Thereby, the transposition of sexual life in the cure is a metonymy rather than a metaphor. How are we, then, to analyze discourse so as not to erase the act of this transposition and the play that it opens up?

April 24th and 25th: Prominent French Film Theorist, Michel Chion

Michel Chion, one of the most prolific and influential composers and film theorists writing today, will speak at Emory University on April 24, 2014. His talk, titled “Naming, Sensing, Understanding: the Question of Descriptive Sensory Vocabulary in Audio-Visual Practice and Analysis,” is sponsored by Emory’s Department of French and Italian, and will take place at 5:30 PM in White Hall 208. The lecture is free and open to the public.


April 1st: Elizabeth Rottenberg -

"Foreign Bodies: Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience"

Elizabeth Rottenberg is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and an advanced candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is the author of Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert and has translated books by Lyotard, Derrida, and Blanchot. She is a founding member of the Derrida Seminars Translation Project and the translator (most recently) of Jacques Derrida's The Death Penalty II. She is currently finishing a book entitled For the Love of Psychoanalysis.

She will speak at Emory University on April 1st. Her talk, titled "Foreign Bodies: Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience" will take place at 4:15pm in White Hall 111. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Emory Free Film Series Explores French Cinema's Global Perspective

ATLANTA Emory Cinematheque, a free weekly series of 35mm film screenings, returns Wed., Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. with the 1937 war film "Le Grande Illusion" (1937), directed by Jean Renoir.

The series' theme for the spring 2014 semester is "Global French Cinema." Curated by Charlie Michael, an assistant professor in Emory's Department of French and Italian, "Global French Cinema" explores the global current that permeates the history of French film and is comprised of a mix of canonical examples of French cinema and contemporary titles with specifically "global" themes and influences.

"The idea I had for the series [and accompanying Emory College class] is to discuss the ways in which French cinema -- so often conceived as a "national" history of directors and art movements -- has actually had global elements for its entire history," says Michael.

The series includes:

Jan. 22: La grande illusion / Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

Released on the eve of World War II, this legendary film about Allied aviators in German prisoner-of-war camps was instantly hailed as a masterpiece.

Jan. 29: Les enfants du paradis / Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)

Carné's beloved French film, begun under German-occupation and completed after the Vichy government's fall, centers around a courtesan and her four lovers.

Feb. 5: Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

An unemployed executive and his babysitter head off to the Mediterranean on a crime spree. Ranked one of the 50 greatest films of all time by the Sight and Sound critics' poll. 

Feb. 12: La noire de... / Black Girl (Ousmane Sembene, 1966), with 

Borom Sarret (Sembene, 1964)

The first feature film from a sub-Saharan director won Sembene France¿s Prix Jean Vigo as well as the much-repeated title "Father of African Film." 

Feb. 19: La nuit américaine / Day for Night  (François Truffaut, 1973)

Nouvelle vague (New Wave) director Truffaut directs himself directing a pedestrian effort entitled "Meet Pamela" in this homage to the process of filmmaking.

Feb. 26: Mauvais Sang / "Bad Blood" aka The Night is Young (Leos Carax, 1986)

Starring award-winning actress Juliette Binoche, Carax's visually inventive film follows a young outsider hired to steal a serum to cure a disease afflicting young people who ¿love without love.

Mar. 19: Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)

A satire of French cinema about a past-his-prime filmmaker determined to remake Louis Feuillade¿s classic silent film serial "Les Vampires," starring Hong Kong action star Maggie Cheung as herself. 

Mar. 26: La graine et le mulet / The Secret of the Grain (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007)

Director Kechiche captivated audiences and critics and won four French Césars with this film about a 60-year-old Tunisian immigrant.

Apr. 9: Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2001)

The notable French New Wave director took a digital camera and a small crew into the French countryside to film those who continue the ancient tradition of scavenging.

Apr. 16: Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

A pair of twins, learning from their dead mother¿s will that their father is alive, travel to the Middle East where they try to unravel the mystery of their mother's life.

Apr. 23: OSS 117: Caire, le nid d¿espions / OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (Michel Hazanavicius, 2006)

A retro-styled parody of sixties-era spy films directed by Michel Hazanavicius, who went on to direct the 2011 Academy Award winning film "The Artist."

The screenings take place on Emory's campus in White Hall 205 and are free and open to the public.


Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35 mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars, and critics.



Fall 2013 Events

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
5:15 PM
Location: White Hall 111

Lecture/dance demonstration (accompanied by musicians). The lecture will be in French.

LénaBlou is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, scholar and activist from Guadeloupe. She obtained her BA in Dance and a Degree in Choreographic Interpretation in Jazz at the University of Sorbonne Paris IV.  In 1990, having trained in all techniques in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, she created the Center of Dance and Choreographic Studies in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe).  After more than 20 years of existence, the Center is considered the main locus for cultural life in Guadeloupe. She created her own dance company, "The Trilogie LénaBlou" in 1995. Some of her students have joined prestigious dance schools and companies such as the Paris Conservatoire of France, the Ailey School of New York, the Rudra Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, and the Batsheva Company in Israel. In 2005, she published Techni'ka, which dealt with the grammar and contemporary character of traditional dance in Guadeloupe. In February 2007, she worked with filmmaker Sylvaine Dampierre on the documentary Le pays à l’envers, which received the Patrimoine de L’Immatériel award at the 31st Festival du Cinéma Réel. She also worked with Laurence Rugard on her film La Techni'ka, which received the Guadeloupe Prize in the Caribbean Cinema Festival in Saint-Barth. Known for her years of research and promotion of Gwo-ka culture, in November 2008 she was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor, the highest National Order decoration in France.

Her website:

" La Psyché du corps en ruptures" 

"Ma proposition porterait sur "la psyché du corps en ruptures", car partant de l'analyse de mon sujet de prédilection qui est cette forme de "schizophrénie latente" que je vis au quotidien avec le "peuple guadeloupéen", il existe toujours une dichotomie entre l'acte et la pensée. Cela m'interroge; est-ce une conséquence "traumatique de l'esclavage" ou est-ce une réappropriation, une nouvelle organisation de la pensée qui s'est construite au fil de cette histoire? En somme, est-ce un trauma ou est-ce une résilience?"

Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian. Co-sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Psychoanalytic Studies Program.


Spring 2013 Events

International Conference
Traversées d'affect/Traversals of Affect…on Jean-François Lyotard

March 21-23, 2013

This conference explores the relation of the work of Jean-François Lyotard relative to the fields of aesthetics, philosophy, psychoanalysis and affect. Lyotard is fondly remembered as a former faculty member in the Department of French and Italian at Emory (1993-98). This interdisciplinary conference features papers concerned with his thought regarding the specificity of modes of thought, their disjunctures, and the necessity of traversing these boundaries within the activity of thinking. The keynote talk will be presented by Anne Tomiche, Professeur de littérature générale et comparée at Paris IV (Sorbonne). This conference is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 21

Opening Remarks – 4:15 to 4:30; White Hall 112
Elissa Marder, Chair of the Department of French and Italian

Keynote Speaker – 4:30 to 5:30; White Hall 112
Anne Tomiche - “Anamnesis”

Welcome Reception and dedication of the Jean-François Lyotard Seminar Room - 5:30 to 6:30; Callaway Center, C202

Friday, March 22

Panel One: Line, Text, Figure – 10:00 to 11:45; White Hall 207
Heidi Bickis - “Following Lyotard’s Lines: Affect in the Architectural “Drawings” of Julie Mehretu and Guillermo Kuitca”
Mansoureh Modarres - “Spaces of Conflict: A Study of the Socio-Political References in Simin Daneshvar’s Fiction”
Jana V. Schmidt - “Concentrations of Affect - Philip Guston’s Piles”

LUNCH - 11:45 to 1:15

Panel Two: Philosophical Dispositions – Affect and the Sublime -1:15-2:30; White Hall 112
Peter Milne - “A New Kind of Sublime: Traversing Affect and Obligation”
Erin Obodiac - “Employing Autoaffection: Lyotard’s Technics of the Sublime”

Pannel Three: Mobile Affects, Mobile Media – 2:45 to 4:00; White Hall 112
Angelos Triantafyllou - “De l'Image Affection à la phrase affect: La Dramatisation des affects chez Lyotard et Deleuze”
Matthew Pateman - “’Uncertainty and trouble’: Affect, televisual art and Rescue Me

Panel Four: Phrasing the Affect – 4:15 to 5:30; White Hall 112
Julie Gaillard - “From Affect to Representation, From Representation to Affect: Lyotard's Reading of the Fort/Da”
Kent Still - “The Différend 2.0”

Saturday, March 23

Feature Presentation – 9:30 to 10:30; White Hall 112
Claire Nouvet: “'Emma:' A Case of Differend”

Panel Five: Listening to Affect– 10:45 to 12:00; White Hall 112
Kirsten Locke - “Gods, Angels, and Puppets: Lyotard’s Lessons on Listening”
Mark Stoholski - “Snares”

LUNCH - 12:00 to 1:30

Panel Six: Gestures, Commentaries – 1:30 to 2:45; White Hall 112
Kas Saghafi - “Lyotard's Gesture”
Ashley Woodward - “The Pragmatics of Art and Art Commentary”

Panel Seven: Extensions of Gesture  – 3:00 to 4:15; White Hall 112
Kiff Bamford - “No place for complacency: the resistance of gesture”
Rachel Jones - “Gestures of Nothingness: Barnett Newman, Sam Francis, Alison Watt”

Feature Presentation – 4:30 to 5:30; Whiate Hall 112
Geoffrey Bennington - “Opening”

Closing Remarks – 5:30 to 5:45; White Hall 112

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of French and Italian. Co-sponsored by: the Hightower Fund, Fox Center for the Humanities, Psychoanalytic Studies Program, Department of English, Graduate Division of Religion, Graduate Student Council, French Enrichment and Response Association and Comparative Literature Seminar Series.

Recommended Parking is the Oxford Road Visitor Parking Deck located next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1390 Oxford Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30322. (You can also access this Deck by driving thro nnnugh the Emory main entrance at the Haygood-Hopkins Gates, and bearing left at the roundabout.) It is a short walk from the Oxford Road Deck to White Hall. Directions to White Hall: From the Oxford Road Deck, take the elevator or stairs to Level 3, exit the building, walk across the plaza to the left, and go up the stairs between the B. Jones Building (on your right) and the Mathematics and Science Center (on your left); at the top of the stairs turn left, walk a few yards, and cross the street (Dowman Drive) to enter White Hall. For maps, go to  and click on the map to activate; click on “Landmarks” from Quick Links menu at the left; then, on the drop down menu, click on WHITE HALL.

Parking is also available in the Fishburn Deck and Peavine Visitor Parking.

For further information, please contact Julie Gaillard ( or Mark Stoholski (

Dominique Viart
Lecture and discussion, in French
March 25, 2013

Noted French writer Dominique Viart will give a talk on French writer Pascal Quignard entitled, "Pascal Quignard historien: paradoxes du Dernier royaume." Dr. Viart is an essayist, critic, and professor of Literature at the University of Lille.
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Callaway Center, C202

Pascal Quignard
Performance: "Quatre Chants," in French
March 25, 2013

Pascal Quignard, one of the most important French contemporary writers, will read texts from his multi-volume work Dernier Royaume with music of four songs. Refreshments will be served in the Lobby of White Hall prior to the performance.
Time: 6:15
Location: White Hall 207

For parking directions:

Pascal Quignard
Lecture and discussion, in French
March 26, 2013

Pascal Quignard will give a talk titled, "Hommage à Philippe Bonnefis." Professor Bonnefis is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Literature in Emory's Department of French and Italian.
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (PAIS) Building, Room 290

Recommended parking is the Peaving Visitors Deck. The PAIS Building in on the corner of Eagle Row and Dickey Drive and is well marked.

Agnès Cousin de Ravel
Lecture: “Pascal Quignard, l’errant,”
in French
March 27, 2013

Agnès Cousin de Ravel, docteur es Lettres a été professeur de français en collège et en lycée en France et à l'étranger. Elle est actuellement chercheur associé à l'université Denis Diderot, Paris VII. Elle vient de publier aux Éditions Hermann un essai consacré à l’œuvre de Pascal Quignard : Quignard, Maître de lecture. Elle co-organise avec Chantal Lapeyre Desmaison le colloque "Les lieux de Pascal Quignard", en présence et avec la participation de l'écrivain. Le colloque aura lieu au Havre les 29 et 30 avril 2013. For information about "Les lieux de Pascal Quignard":
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Callaway C202

Théâtre du Rêve
"Le Petit Prince"
By Antoine de St-Exupéry; adapted by Liz Hartnett, William Hatten & Caitlin Roe
April 15, 2013

A bilinguall production brought to life through physical theatre and puppetry. Free and open to the public.
Time: 7:00 PM
Harland Cinema

Immediately following the performance, the actors will be hosting a directed reading workshop at 8:30pm.  The performance is open to the public but it is asked that interested participants RSVP for the directed reading workshop as space is limited: to Margaret Keneman,

Dany Laferrière at Emory
“Ecrivains d’Aujourd’hui”
April 18 and 19, 2013

As part of the Department's “Ecrivains d’Aujourd’hui” series (annual visits by contemporary French and Francophone writers organized by graduate students in French), internationally known Haitian and Canadian writer, Dany Laferrière, will be on the Emory campus April 18 and 19, 2013.

April 18
Screening of the recently-released film La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve, a documentary on his life and literary path. Mr. Laferriere will introduce the film and also participate in a Q&A session following the showing. Both the film and discussion will be in French. Please join us for refreshements in the White Hall Lobby before the presentation.
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: White Hall 206

For parking directions:

April 19
A discussion with faculty members and students interested in his work from various graduate and undergraduate programs. The discussion will be organized around his award-winning book, L'énigme du retour. In French.
Time: 4:15-5:30 pm
Location: C202 Callaway Center

For parking directions:

Dany Laferrière's visit is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta and Délégation du Québec. Emory University co-sponsors include the Hightower Fund; the Halle Institute for Global Learning; Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Chair, Department of English; Cultures in Motion; Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.

FERA* Graduate Luncheon Series

Nicolas Remy (fourth-year literature student)

Failles et faillite de l'homme célinien dans Mort à Crédit."

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Callaway N116
11:45 am -12:45pm


Fall 2012 Events


Claire Denis at Emory

Internationally-acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis will visit Emory University
Nov. 14- 15, 2012, to screen her most recent feature, "White Material," and discuss her creative process. In advance of her visit, the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Department of French and Italian, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut Français, and UniFrance present a free Claire Denis film series beginning with her first feature film, "Chocolat."

All events are free and open to the public.

Film Series:

Nov. 2 - "Chocolat" (1988)
Nov. 5 - "I Can't Sleep" ("J'ai pas sommeil,"1994, presented on DVD)
Nov. 9 - "Beau Travail" (1999)
Nov. 12 - "35 Shots of Rum" ("35 rhums," 2008)

All films are shown at 7:30 in White Hall 205, 301 Dowman Drive, Emory campus, 30322. See below for parking and directions to White Hall.

Two Evenings with Claire Denis:

Nov. 14 -Ms. Denis will introduce a screening of her most recent film, "White Material" (2009).
White Hall 208
7:30 PM

Nov. 15 - Creativity Conversation with Claire Denis, Dr. Catherine Dana of the Department of French and Italian, and Dr. Richard Neupert, of the Department of Theater and Film, University of Georgia.
White Hall 208
6:00 PM

For additional information about the programs, write to or call the Department of Film and Media Studies at 404-727-6761.

For information on Claire Denis' films and biography:

Recommended Parking is the Oxford Road Visitor Parking Deck located next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1390 Oxford Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30322. (You can also access this Deck by driving through the Emory main entrance at the Haygood-Hopkins Gates, and bearing left at the roundabout.) It is a short walk from the Oxford Road Deck to White Hall. Directions to White Hall: From the Oxford Road Deck, take the elevator or stairs to Level 3, exit the building, walk across the plaza and up the stairs between the B. Jones Building and the Mathematics and Science Center; at the top of the stairs turn left, walk a few yards, and cross the street (Dowman Drive) to enter White Hall. There will be ample signage.  For maps, go to  and click on the map to activate; click on “Landmarks” from Quick Links menu at the left; then, on the drop down menu, click on WHITE HALL.

Parking is also available in the Fishburn Deck and Peavine Visitor Parking.

Sponsored by: the Department of Film & Media Studies and the Department of French & Italian in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut Française, and UniFrance. Co-sponsors: The Hightower Fund; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; the Departments of African-American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, Theater and Dance, Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies; the Program in African Studies, and WABE radio.

Mario Pirovano, Italian Actor

Mario Pirovano has had to cancel his visit due to unforseen issues. We hope to reschedule his performance next year.

Performing in
"Francis, the Holy Jester"
A Play by Dario Fo ("Lu Santo Jullare Francesco")

November 29, 2012
Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
7:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Francis the Holy Jester is a one-man play by Nobel-prize-winning author Dario Fo brought to life in English by the highly-acclaimed Italian actor Mario Pirovano. In four episodes, drawn from historic texts and folktales of the Umbrian countryside, Pirovano embodies a range of characters from 13c. Italy including popes and cardinals, dukes and duchesses, soldiers, traders, and, most importantly, the humble and passionate Saint Francis of Assisi himself. The result is a provocative look at power, authority, and the jester’s use of humor that bridges medieval and contemporary worlds.

Mario Pirovano is an Italian actor, assistant producer, stage director, and translator known internationally as a long-time artistic collaborator and the most original interpreter of Dario Fo’s plays.

“The production is the most entertaining and funny history lesson you could hope to see, given a captivating performance by the charismatic Pirovano.” David Chadderton,  British Theater Guide

Stay tuned for information on additional events including a theater workshop, open rehearsal, seminar, and class visits.


Judith Misrahi-Barak

Associate Professor, Département d’Etudes Anglophones / English Department, Université Paul-Valéry / Paul-Valery University, Montpellier 3

October 29, 2012
C202 Callaway Memorial Center
4:15 pm

Exploring Trauma through the Memory of Text:
Edwidge Danticat listens to Jacques Stephen Alexis, Rita Dove and René Philoctète
This presentation will bring together three novels and a poem about the massacre of Haitians that was ordered by General Trujillo in 1937: Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones (1998), Jacques Stephen Alexis’s Compère Général Soleil (1955), René Philoctète’s Le Peuple des Terres Mêlées (1989) and Rita Dove’s "Parsley" (1983). So as to understand how Danticat has read her predecessors and how her reading and writing contribute to transforming a narrative of impossibility into one of possibility, I will focus on the following points: the (in)accessibility of trauma for generations who have not lived through the trauma directly but have inherited it from the previous generations; the working through that can only take place through repeating and listening ; the often neglected translating of the texts that is a vital and dynamic element in the process. This presentation will go across translation, postcolonial and trauma studies, francophone and anglophone. A handout will be provided for the quotations in French, with a translation.

Dr Misrahi-Barak's publications include a variety of articles on Caribbean writers and the Caribbean diaspora as well as an interview with Cyril Dabydeen (Commonwealth 2001) and book chapters in edited collections: La Ville plurielle dans la fiction antillaise anglophone (2000); Lignes d’horizon – Récits de voyage de la littérature anglaise (2002); Voices and Silence in the Contemporary Novel in English (2009); Hybridation Multiculturalisme Postcolonialisme (2009);Littérature et esclavage (2010). She is General Editor of PoCoPages (formerly Les Carnets du Cerpac), a series in the collection "Horizons anglophones", published by the Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée. The latest volume she co-edited is India and the Diasporic Imagination (2011). Another Life is forthcoming (2012).


David Wills

"Positive Feedback:Listening Behind Hearing".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Location: White Hall 102
Sponsored by FERA

The talk will be followed by a reception organized by the FERA students.

"Positive Feedback: Listening Behind Hearing"

"Against the background of a piece by Laurie Anderson I'll posit listening (here and there distinguished from"hearing") as a instrumental technology of the body that might be described as "dorsal." The discussion will take place within the context of Derrida's deconstruction of sensorial hierarchies developed in Le Toucher - Jean-Luc Nancy, and of related ideas advanced by Nancy (A l'écoute), as well as by Peter Szendy (Ecoute. Une histoire de nos oreilles)."

David Wills is a Visiting Professor of French this semester in the Department of French and Italian. He is a Professor of French and English at SUNY-Albany, and a Fellow of the London Graduate School. He is the author of Prosthesis (1995), Matchbook (2005), and Dorsality (2008), and he is currently completing a book dealing with forms of life that could be called artificial or inanimate.

FERA* Graduate Luncheon Series (September 26, October 25, November 28, 2012)

Souad Kherbi (fourth-year student in Literature)

"Le Chevalier au lion ou le roman d'Yvain: écrire le défaut de langue."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Callaway N116
11:45 am -12:45pm

Gina Stamm (third-year student in Literature)

"Mesurer le drap, couper le fil: la mesure dans l'oeuvre de Jean Giono."
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Callaway N116
11:45am -12:45pm


Spring 2012 Events

Jacques Rancière
Professor Emeritus, Université de Paris VIII; Professor of Philosophy, European Graduate School

April 25, 2012
6:00 PM
White Hall 208

"Telling, Showing, Doing: the Poetics and Politics of Fiction"

The Department of French and Italian is pleased to host Jacques Rancière, one of the most prominent and influential philosophers writing today, on April 25, 2012.

The works of Jacques Rancière are recognized as a major contribution to contemporary thought and have had wide-ranging impact on fields as diverse as politics, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, history, media studies, and pedagogy. Indeed, Rancière has become one of the most cited figures in the humanities.

Rancière proposes a complex and original rethinking of politics, aesthetics, and their relation. Politics and aesthetics, he argues, are inextricably linked to each other. The implicit laws that define the forms of participation in—and exclusion from—the social community coincide with modes of perception, with a “distribution of the sensible” that determines what is apprehended by the senses, what is seen and heard - and what is ignored. In other words, as it distributes roles and entitlements, the social order does not only exclude, but also occludes: those who do not “count” in the community are constituted as invisible and mute, their speech reduced to mere “noise.” 

“Politics,” for Rancière, happens whenever those who have not been counted dissent (in the name of equality) with the prevailing distribution of roles and entitlements, and, in so doing, reconfigure the sensible world: “Politics, before all else, is an intervention in the visible and the sayable.” It is in this sense that he can claim that emancipatory politics has an inherent aesthetic dimension and that aesthetics is political by its very essence. Both arts and politics redistribute (each in their own way) what can be seen, said, and done.

A thinker who defies traditional categorization, Rancière crosses the boundaries that delineate the traditional distribution of disciplines to focus on his main object of study: the question of the “distribution of the sensible” and its reconfigurations, both in arts and politics. While elaborating a complex political theory of democratic emancipation that has allowed him to propose incisive analyses of topics as diverse as human rights, liberal consensus, 9/11, and war, he has also extensively written on literature, art, film, photography, the “poetics” of history, and the “aesthetic unconscious.”

His translated works are, among others: The Nights of Labor: The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-Century France (1989), The Ignorant Schoolmaster; Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation (1991), The Names of History; On the Poetics of Knowledge (1994), On the Shores of Politics (1995), Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy (1998), The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible (2004), Film Fables (2006), The Future of the Image (2007), Hatred of Democracy (2007), The Aesthetic Unconscious (2009), The Emancipated Spectator (2009), Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics (2010), Chronicles of Consensual Times (2010), The Politics of Literature (2011), Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double (2011) .

Cosponsored by the Departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, English, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy; the Institute of Liberal Arts; the Psychoanalytic Studies Program; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; the Hightower Fund.

Please feel free to download and distribute.

Link to Additonal Resources on the work of Jacques Rancière including recorded lectures.

Directions: Parking is available at the Oxford Road Visitor Parking Deck located next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 1390 Oxford Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30322. (You can also access this Deck by driving through the Emory main entrance (at the Haygood-Hopkins Gates), and bearing left at the roundabout. From the Oxford Road Deck, it is a short distance: walk through the plaza and up the stairs between the B. Jones Building and the Mathematics and Science Center. Walk across Dowman Drive, turn left on the sidewalk, and White Hall is almost directly on your right. There will be ample signage.  For maps, go to, click on map to activate, click on “Landmarks” from Quick Links menu at the left; then, on the drop down menu, click on WHITE HALL.

FERA* Graduate Luncheon Series (January 31, Feb. 29, 2012)

Audrey Magré Burba (sixth-year student in Literature)

Tuesday, March 27
S423 Callaway (ILA Conference Room)

Le Grain de Beauté
Abstract: abreviated
Of the memorable scenes in Emile Zola’s Nana, the mirror scene is perhaps the most famous. There is something almost mythical about this scene, in the ways in which it seems to have existed before it was ever written, and the ways it continues to expand through the volume of critical attention it has received. . . .
Though the mirror scene does indeed fail to “show it all”, it does not mean that it does not show anything at all. Nana’s sex, after all, is a constant presence in the novel. Most notably, its smell and her pilosity constantly evoke that part of the body we do not see. But surprisingly, through the smallest of details printed on her skin, through a beauty mark actually, portions of her genitalia, albeit displaced, do begin to appear. Through another reading of the mirror scene, this paper will thus challenge the affirmation that Nana’s sex remains veiled or absent. Rather, by reading the courtesan’s body in detail, by reading all of its details, this new look at the mirror scene, will attempt to show how Nana’s sex unexpectedly peaks and speaks out through the “petit rien” on her hip.

Gehane Shehata (student in Literature)

February 29
S423 (ILA Conference Room)
11:45 - 12:45

"Du visage chez Flaubert"
Les visages flaubertiens sont uniques. Par leur apparence, leur éloignement ou leur mystère, il leur arrive de décevoir notre attente parce qu’ils vont à l’encontre de nos habitudes de lecteurs. Mais s’ils le font, c’est parce qu’ils sont porteurs d’un message : en eux peut-être plus que partout ailleurs se dessine la pensée de Flaubert, partisan de l’unité du fond et de la forme. C’est en interrogeant donc ses visages que nous proposons de lire ce que serait une vision flaubertienne du monde, vision dans sa dimension non seulement esthétique mais également et peut-être surtout éthique.

Emily Asplund Jortner
(second-year student in Literature)

January 31
129 Ignatius Few Hall
11:45 - 12:45 PM

"De l'olfaction dans la poésie de Baudelaire"
La poésie de Baudelaire est parfumée--mais quel est ce parfum?  Si, d'après Blanchot, Baudelaire explore dans son oeuvre une théorie de la perception visuelle, ne serait-ce possible d'y tracer une théorie de l'olfaction?  Cette présentation tentera une analyse d'une scène olfactive qui se trouve dans certains de ces poèmes et qui suggère une théorie de ce membre négligé du sensorium humain, l'olfaction.  Dans l'olfaction baudelairienne est rapporté jusqu'au sensorium la distance entre le corps et son objet de perception, distance qui exige la perception, distance qui dure au sein de l'inspiration d'un parfum.

Italian Movie Night, Spring 2012

Monday, February 13 @6pm White Hall 112
"Il Postino" (1994) introduced by Christine Ristaino

Thursday, March 22 @ 6pm White Hall 112
"Il ladro di bambini" (1992) introduced by Angela Porcarelli

Monday, April 9 @ 8pm White Hall 111
"La bellezza del somaro" (2010) Introduced by Simona Muratore


Fall 2011 Events

FERA* Graduate Luncheon Series (Nov. 15, Oct. 18, Sept. 20)

Gina Westbeld Gallois (fifth-year student in Literature)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Candler 119

"Marked by Perfection: Julie and St. Preux as a “modèle unique de vrais amants”Abstract:
In Part II of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie ou la nouvelle Héloïse, Milord Edouard, an English nobleman, philosopher and friend to St. Preux and Julie, attempts to describe the young couple's relationship. The analogy he chooses compares them to the extremely rare, almost theoretical, perfect print of an engraving. This paper will closely examine Milord Edouard’s paradoxical description of the lovers' perfections and discuss questions of originality arising from it in a novel that is nothing if not original.

Elissa Marder

Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Emory University

Tuesday, November 8
4:15 PM
White Hall 110

“From Poetic Justice to Criminal Jouissance: Poetry By Other Means in Baudelaire”Abstract:
In the aftermath of the 1857 trial, Baudelaire often invokes the word ‘malentendu,’ to signal both his despair about the general non-reception of Les Fleurs du Mal and the specific humiliation occasioned by what he refers to as the “mutilation” of his book of poems.  In many of the texts composed after the trial, Baudelaire generally abandons the appeal to a fraternal and homosocial world in which he can still seek “poetic justice” and takes up, instead, a different kind of poetic voice.  In the Spleen de Paris (and in the texts normally but perhaps erroneously grouped under the heading of the “journaux intimes,”) the poet rejects all forms of social harmony produced and sustained through the false consensus of “malentendu” and chooses instead to make poetry by staging dramatic scenes and violent encounters that often culminate in sadistic acts of “criminal jouissance.”  By examining the relationship between “malentendu” and “jouissance” through a reading of “Le Mauvais vitrier,” this paper explores what happens to Baudelaire’s poetic mission when he gives up on poetry as such and chooses instead to pursue poetic ends by other means.

FERA* Graduate Luncheon Series (Nov. 15, Oct. 18, Sept. 20)

Starra Priestaf (fifth-year student in Literature)

Tuesday, October 18
Candler 119

"Purloined Images: Self and Other in Madame de Lafayette's La Princesse de Clèves" Abstract:
La Princesse de Clèves, first published anonymously by Madame de Lafayette, depicts the royal court of Henri II of France and of his predecessor, Francois II.  Within this highly codified sphere, one’s comportment is under the constant scrutiny of the court and subjects are thus compelled to act and speak in veiled terms.  Interposed between constrained and silenced bodies, objects often initiate a secret relay between subjects and speak when one cannot.  In turn, subjects often take possession of an object in order to decipher and mobilize their relation to others. . .  In attempt to guarantee her daughter’s virtuous and inimitable character, Madame de Chartres, the protagonist’s mother, predetermines a particular image of conduct with which she must always coincide.  However, the Princess encounters a world in which the constant circulation of objects, namely a letter and a portrait, undermine the mother’s pedagogy and disclose a difference within the self which she cannot resolve. . .

Margaret Keneman (fifth-year student in Pedagogy)

Tuesday, September 20
Candler 119

“Teaching Grammar Through Interactive Story-Based Instruction”
This presentation will discuss and propose the use of interactive story-based instructional approaches in elementary-level college French classrooms. The combined use of PowerPoint presentations and illustrated short stories proposed in this presentation is supported by the New London Group’s (1996) theory of multiliteracies. This presentation aims to explore how this kind of integrated approach to foreign language instruction influences the learning of grammar in the elementary-level French college classroom setting.

*The newly-chartered French graduate student organization, French Enrichment and Response Association or FERA, aims to promote and to share the intellectual work of the faculty and of the graduate students in the Department of French at Emory.  FERA is also dedicated to promoting and to supporting artistic and academic functions that take place in and around Atlanta. Support for FERA events comes from Emory's Graduate Student Council.

Eric Le Calvez
Professor of French, Georgia State University

September 23, 2011
3:00 pm
C202 Callaway Center

Lecture in French:
"Théorie et pratique de l'analyse génétique"-- "Theory and Practice of Genetic Analysis."

"L'une des attitudes les plus productives pour la critique génétique a
été de postuler que ce que l'on appelle des avant-textes sont des
textes, textes qui sont bien sûr en formation et qui ne répondent pas
aux mêmes critères de textualité que les textes dits définitifs, mais
des textes quand même. Faire parler un avant-texte consiste donc à lui
appliquer une grille, flexible, qui dépend d'un choix critique et
théorique (et ce choix est d'ailleurs personnel, et effectué
librement). Il faudra confrontrer l'écriture du brouillon avec les
problèmes théoriques que pose la textualisation, et que se posent,
entre autres disciplines, la narratologie, la stylistique, la
sémiotique (etc.), dans le but, plus général, de fonder une esthétique
de la création ou une théorie de la production textuelle, donc une
poétique génétique. On reviendra ici sur ces questions théoriques et
pratiques à partir du corpus flaubertien et, plus spécifiquement, d'un
exemple extrait de L'Éducation sentimentale."

Spring 2011 Events


The French Undergraduate Colloquium
Tuesday, April 12, 4:15 pm; C202 Callaway--

Please see poster for participants and paper topics.


Algerian Writer, Maïssa Bey
March 24 & 25, 2011

Lecture: "Femmes en écriture"

Thursday March 24
4:30 pm
White Hall , 110

"Femmes en écriture"--In this lecture Maïssa Bey will address issues of women's writing in contemporary societies, especially Algerian society.  She will also address her own position as female Algerian Francophone author.

Reading and Q+A: 

Friday March 25
2:30 pm
Callaway C202

The author will read excerpts from her 1996 novel Au commencement était la mer. 

Maïssa Bey is an Algerian francophone writer whose publications include poetry, novels, theatre, essays, short stories and autobiographical material.  She has received a number of literary prizes including le Grand Prix du roman Francophone SILA in 2008, Prix Cybèle in 2005, Prix Marguerite Audoux in 2001 and le Grand Prix de la nouvelle de la société de gens de lettres 1998.  Through her work Maïssa Bey attempts to bear witness to the Algeria in which she lives, through exploring such themes as colonial relations, fundamentalist violence, the post-war generation, tradition and modernity, male hierarchy and women’s voicelessness through “non-dits culturels”, among others. And perhaps more importantly, Maïssa Bey problematizes historical, cultural and linguistic heritage to rethink the act of writing. 

Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, Hightower Fund, Office of International Affairs, FERA*

*The newly-chartered French graduate student organization, French Enrichment and Response Association or FERA, aims to promote and to share the intellectual work of the faculty and of the graduate students in the Department of French at Emory.  FERA is also dedicated to promoting and to supporting artistic and academic functions that take place in and around Atlanta. Support for FERA events comes from Emory's Graduate Student Council.

Ecrire sans frontières 2011: Essay Writing Competition

The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce Ecrire sans frontières, the Essay Writing Competition for the 2010-2011 academic year. This competition is open to all undergraduate students studying French at Emory. Awards will be presented for the best essays written in French in two categories: students enrolled in beginning level (100-200) French classes, and advanced students enrolled in upper lever (300-400) French classes. All essays must be original. DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2011.

Annual Graduate-Student Sponsored FERA* Lecture
March 15, 2011

Professor Valérie Loichot

"A Tropical Absalom: Susanne Césaire's Revenge"

4:15 pm
White Hall, Room 103.

Abstract: Martinican writer Suzanne Roussi Césaire has been relegated for too long to her famous husband Aimé Césaire’s shadow or idealized as André Breton’s tropical muse. This talk explores the ways in which Suzanne Césaire writes back or bites back in her seven lapidary essays published in the journal Tropiques (1941-1935). I analyze Suzanne Césaire’s revenge, or what I call her “discursive cannibalism” through a series of essays evoking the Martinican forest named “Absalon.” Through the name of the place will emerge a discussion on literary propriety, sexual desire, and racial mixing with excursions through the biblical story of Tamar, Absalom, and Amnon, and its retelling by William Faulkner. Professor Loichot is Associate Professor of French and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of French and Italian at Emory.

* The newly chartered French Graduate Student Organization, French Enrichment and Response Association or FERA is an organization which aims to promote and to share the intellectual work of the professors and of the graduate students in the Department of French at Emory.  We are also dedicated to promoting and to supporting artistic and academic functions that take place in and around Atlanta. Events are sponsored by the Graduate Student Council.


Françoise Davoine Ph.D. and Jean-Max Gaudillière Ph.D.
March 2-3, 2011

Seminar: "Bion - Quichotte: Taming Wild Thoughts"
Wednesday, March 2nd from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Callaway 202

From the War Memoirs to A Memoir of the Future, we intend to follow Wilfred Bion's personal path from the experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the articulation of theoretical and practical formulas capable of opening the field of trauma and madness to the psychoanalytic transference and its handling. Both Bion and Cervantes developed a theory of madness after experiencing war traumas. Both were veterans: Bion from WWI; Cervantes from the battles fought against the Turks and from slavery. Both developed in their works (one through fiction, the other through clinical practice and psychoanalytic theory) ways to "tame wild thoughts" (Bion) thanks to a talking cure that takes place, in Don Quixote, with Sancho Pança. As was argued in Don Quichotte, pour combattre la mélancolie, transference (in cases of madness and trauma) is addressed to a therapist who, following the Greek etymology (therapôn), takes the place of the second in combat.

Lecture: "The Political Outcomes of Trauma"
Thursday, March 3rd at 4:15 p.m.

White Hall 110

Trauma -- war traumas or domestic traumas -- can be defined by betrayal: one is betrayed either by those in position of command (see Jonathan Shay Achilles in Vietnam) or by one's people. All trustworthy otherness is in jeopardy, a condition that fosters the destruction of the dimension of the subject. As an outcome, psychotic symptoms develop as an attempt to fight distorted perverse social links. Examples will be taken from our clinical practice to show how one can get out of this dead-end. A forthcoming book (Stock) on Don Quixote is devoted to this question: A bon entendeur, salut!

Françoise Davoine Ph.D. and Jean-Max Gaudillière Ph.D. are members of the International Symposium for Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and professors at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris where they have given a weekly seminar for nearly 30 years on Madness and the Social Link.

Sponsored by: the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, The Department of French and Italian, and the Department of Comparative Literature.
Co-sponsored by: The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts

US Bernard-Marie Koltès Project 2011
February 15-25, 2011

Organized by noted scholar of contemporary French theater, Amin Erfani, the "US Bernard-Marie Koltès Project 2011" is an exciting collaboration among several arts organizations including Atlanta's 7 Stages Theater. It brings acclaimed French stage director, Philip Boulay, to the Emory campus for a ten-day residency exploring the work of French playwright and director Bernard-Marie Koltès. Koltès died at age 41 in 1989 due to complications from AIDS.

Monsieur Boulay will work closely with Isma`il Ibn Conner--actor and founder of the US Koltès Project-- throughout the residency. Both will engage students and actors on the stage adaptation of two Koltès plays-- translated into English by Amin Erfani.

In addition, Monsieur Boulay will be the driving force for a series of readings, screenings, roundtable discussions, and opportunities for on-stage participation--all open to actors, students, faculty, and members of the public.

The US Koltès Project originated at 7 Stages Theater where three productions of his plays have appeared: Black Battles with Dogs (01/05/2001 – 09/05/2001); In the Solitude of Cotton Fields ( 04/24/2008 – 05/17/2008); and The Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet (04/03/2010 - 04/25/2010).

Currently, the project is seeking between 8-16 participants for a three-day group theater workshop conducted by Philip Boulay around the notion of the “Chorus” in modern theater.

The workshop is open to students, faculty, artists, and members of the public wishing to work on stage to understand the fundamentals of theater from a French perspective. No acting experience required. Dates: Monday Feb. 21 through Wednesday Feb. 23, 12pm-3pm, in the Harland Cinema, DUC, at Emory University.

For more information on the 3-day theater workshop, click here

For a schedule of the entire 10 day event, click here.

Please address all questions to Amin Erfani at

See article in Emory Report

Sponsored by:
Culturesfrance, Fonds Face, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy,
Emory University’s Department of French and Italian, Theater Studies, and the French Enrichment and Response Association.

Le Monologue d’Adraméléch
. . . "Adramelech’s Monologue"
February 10 & 11, 2011

Text, Stage Direction, & Paintings by Valère Novarina
with Jean-Yves Michaux

Thursday February 10 & Friday February 11
6pm; (Free Admission)
Schwartz Theater Lab*
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Adramelech, a king who has never uttered a word since the dawn of time, speaks. Using poetic language, he tells the story of his friend's origins, his own, their adventures, and their view of humanity, while engaging in a heated discussion with his creator. Valère Novarina is one of the most important visionaries in contemporary French theatre whose prolific output is remarkable for its torrential verbal inventiveness, seeming to defy theatrical production—yet his plays have been acted with considerable success. This performance is the final event organized by the French & Italian Department at Emory around Novarina, from Fall 2008 to Spring 2011. Click here for poster (PDF).
Sponsored by Emory’s French & Italian Department, The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, the Hightower Funds, Atlanta’s French Consulate, & le Théâtre du Rêve
(1700 North Decatur Road)*
(Free Parking at Fishburn deck)
 For more information, contact
 Amin Erfani,


Fall 2010 Events

Prof. Katharine Conley

Professor Katharine Conley, Dartmouth College, Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities. Lecture, "Surrealist Ghostliness." Thursday, October 21, 4:15 PM, Callaway C202.

Prof. Dalia Judovitz

Professor Dalia Judovitz, National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of French, Emory University, Lecture: "Gesture and Commentary: Lyotard's 'Debt' to Duchamp,"
Thursday, October 7, 4:15 PM, Psychology 290. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Prof. Antoine Compagnon

Professor Antoine Compagnon, Collège de France and Columbia University; two lectures and discussions, in French: "Raconter Avec des Photos," on the presence of the image in modern narrative, Friday, October 1, 2:30 PM, White Hall 110, followed by a reception. "Ethique de Saint-Loup," on the works of Marcel Proust, Thursday, September 30, 4:30 PM, White Hall 112; (Thursday and Friday, lunch and meetings with graduate students.)

Prof. Deborah Jenson

Professor Deborah Jenson, Duke University, Professor of French Studies. Lecture, "Indigo Blues: Poetry, Race, and Sex Work in Colonial Saint-Domingue," Thursday, September 16, 5:15 White Hall 110; Discussion, Friday, September 17, 1:00-2:30 PM, Callaway C202. (Friday, lunch with graduate students.)

Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students and Faculty Members

Wednesday, Septmeber 15, 5:00-6:30 PM, in the Department's French and Italian Café.

Italian Movie Night

All films screened in White Hall 206, 6:00-8:00 PM.
September 14, Lezioni di Cioccolato, introduced by Simona Murataore
October 7, I Cento Passi, introduced by Angela Porcarelli
November 15, Pane e Tulipani, introduced by Renata Creekmur


Spring 2010 Events

Ecrire sans frontières 2010
Essay Writing Competition

The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce Ecrire sans frontières, the Essay Writing Competition for the 2009-2010 academic year. This competition is open to all undergraduate students studying French at Emory. Awards will be presented for the best essays written in French in two categories: students enrolled in beginning level (100-200) French classes, and advances students enrolled in upper lever (300-400) French classes. All essays must be original. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 12, 2010.

Prof. Elena Russo

Johns Hopkins University, Department of German, Romance Languages and Literatures
Lecture, “Flirting with Posterity: The Diderot and Falconet Debate”
Friday, March 26 at 2:00, Callaway C202

Prof. David Wills

State University of New York, Albany, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Department of English

Lecture, "Jean-Luc Godard and the Audible Life of the Image"
Thursday, April 22 at 4:15, Callaway C202

Graduate Seminar, "Automatic Lives: the Human, the Animal, and the Technological"
Friday, April 23 at 1:30, Callaway C202

Circolo Italiano

February 25 at 7pm - Italian Game Night
April 9 at 5pm - soccer game (possibly against German or French club)

Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the High Museum
January 23

San Valentino Cooking Class - Pizza and Chocolate
February 9, 5:15pm
$5 to participate; 20 participants
Sign up list and payment @ Callaway building office N 412

Italian Movie Night
February 16, 6pm - Gamorra, un film di Matteo Garrone, White Hall 110
March 18, 6pm - Il Postino
April 12, 6pm - Casomai

Figo and Paolo's
March 19, 6pm
Meet on campus and walk (or drive if necessary) to Figo and Paolo's in Virginia Highlands

Pot Luck Dinner
April 19, 7 pm

EDUCO Information Session

February 11, 4:15 pm, CIPA room 105 Trimble Hall

Learn more about Emory's semester and year-long program in Paris! For further information, contact Prof. Elissa Marder at 404-727-6431

L'Acteur Sacrifiant // The Sacrificing Actor

January 15-24
Emory University Performing Arts Studio, 1700 N Decatur Rd.

Original play in French and English with subtitles

Adaptation of world renowned playwright Valère Novarina, directed by Valéry Warnotte

Leading the cast are award-winning Atlanta actors Chris Kayser and Park Krausen as well as Parisian star of stage and screen Grégory Montel, with dramaturgy and by Amin Erfani

Free for Emory students, others $15-20
More information at

A coproduction of the Théâtre du Rêve, Cie L'Intervention and Emory University
Cosponsored by Emory's Department of French and Italian
This project is sponsored in part in by a grant from the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts

Fall 2009

Circolo Italiano

Movie Night - "Caterina Va In Città", un film di Paolo Virzì
with introduction by Prof. Simona Muratore
Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm
White Hall 111

Lezione di Cucina con Simona Muratore
Thursday, November 19, 5-7:30pm
Location TBA
Limited to 20 participants. Sign-up sheet at Callaway N412, $5 fee

Festa di Natale
Thursday, December 3, 7-9 pm
Few Hall Multipurpose Room (G27)
Please bring something to share!

EDUCO Information Session

September 24, 4:00 pm, CIPA room 105 Trimble Hall

Learn more about Emory's semester and year-long program in Paris! For further information, contact Prof. Elissa Marder at 404-727-6431

Constellation: Of Comparative Literature and the New Humanities Conference

October 16 - 18, Details

Guest Speakers include Profs. Peggy Kamuf, Thomas Keenan and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
October 16 and 17, 2:30-5:30, White Hall 208: Two-Day Roundtable Discussion with Geoffrey Bennington, Peggy Kamuf, Thomas Keenan and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
October 17, 10:45-12:45, White Hall 101: Special Emory Session: Interdisciplinarity and the Humanities featuring Elizabeth Goodstein, Andrew J. Mitchell and Laurie L. Patton

Sponsored by Comparative Literature with cosponsorship by the Hightower Fund, Department of French and Italian, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Institute of Liberal Arts, English Department and Graduate Division of Religion.

Dr. Cécile Dolisane Ebossè

2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar at Emory University
L’Université de Yaoundé I and l’Ecole normale supérieure, Cameroon

« Les féminismes dans le cinéma africain francophone »
“Feminisms in Francophone African Cinema“

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 4:15 – 5 :30pm - Callaway C202

Prof. Kevin Newmark

Department of Romance Languages, Boston College

November 12 Lecture, 4:30pm, White Hall 103
“Who Needs Poetry? Baudelaire, Benjamin, and the Modernity of ‘Le Cygne’”

November 13 Seminar, 12:00pm, Callaway N106
"The Prose in Baudelaire's Poetry"

Organized by the Graduate Speaker’s Committee of the Department of Comparative Literature. Sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA).

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