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March Brings Playwright Yasmina Reza, a Marathon Proust Reading and More to La Maison Française of NYU

February 19, 2013

In March, La Maison Française of New York University will feature a conversation, in French, with renowned playwright Yasmina Reza (3/11), a special evening including a lecture and performance, entitled “Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa” (3/13), and a marathon Proust reading, virtually one-of-a-kind in New York City as it will be conducted in French.

Unless otherwise noted in the March schedule that follows below, the events are held at La Maison Française, and are free and open to the public.

For further information or to RSVP for any event, please call 212.998.8750 or email Visit La Maison Française online at

Events: MARCH 2013

Friday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p. m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium
Presentations in English and French

Masculinité(s) et virilité: contextes métropolitains et situations coloniales aux XIXe et XXe siècles

Visiting Professor, NYU; author of Sexe et colonies. Virilité, homosexualité et tourisme sexuel au Maghreb (1830-1962)

Wellesley College; author of Heroes and Legends of Fin-de-Siècle France: Gender, Politics, and National Identity

NYU; author of Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa

Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lecture in French

Université Paris-Sorbonne; Institut universitaire de France; director, Centre d’Étude de la Langue et de la Littérature des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles, CNRS; author of Essai de génétique théâtrale: Corneille à l'œuvre; La Tragédie française
De la tragédie grecque au cinéma d'horreur: pour une contribution au débat sur la catharsis

Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9
French Department Graduate Student Conference

...but is it art?

An exploration of how art is defined, institutionalized, and practiced in the Francophone world.

Friday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address at 5:00 p.m. by Professor Gabriel Rockhill, Villanova University

For full conference details and schedule visit:

Monday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Florence Gould Event

Discussion in French

French Literature in the Making

Playwright, novelist, screenwriter; author of Art; Trois Versions de la vie (Life x 3);
Le Dieu du carnage (God of Carnage); L'Aube, le soir ou la nuit; Heureux les heureux

in conversation with

Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3)

Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, Centre National du Livre, Air France, Institut Français, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by La Maison Française and Institute of French Studies

Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa

Professor of French and Francophone Literatures, Carleton College; author of Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keïta

Griot; master kora (African harp-lute) player; director, Koriya Musa Center for Research in Oral Tradition

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.

2010-2011 Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies

Williams College; author of Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in 19th-Century France

Queer Napoleon: from Napoleonic Friendship to Gays in the Military

Sponsored by Dean of the Humanities, Department of French, and Institute of French Studies.

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Special Event

Du Côté de chez Proust

Marathon reading from the novel, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Du Côté de chez Swann

In French

Readers: Anka Muhlstein, Richard Howard, Yves-André Istel, Joan Juliet Buck, Georges Borchardt, Lila Zanganeh, Eugène Nicole, Dominique Nabokov, Benoît Bolduc, Jacqueline Chambord, Ronald Guttman, Elisabeth Cros, Denis Hollier, Helen Gary Bishop, Emmanuelle Ertel, Violaine Huisman,Tom Bishop, and others

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March Brings Playwright Yasmina Reza, a Marathon Proust Reading and More to La Maison Française of NYU

March Brings Playwright Yasmina Reza, a Marathon Proust Reading and More to La Maison Française of NYU

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