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La Maison Française to Feature Concert of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Music, Talks on Literature with Writers and Critics, and More in March


La Maison Française will host a concert of music of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (March 6); a talk about The Hatred of Literature with William Marx and Ben Lerner (March 20); a conversation with writer Frédéric Beigbeder as part of the French Literature in the Making series (March 26); and more in March.

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

La Maison Française will host a concert of music of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (March 6); a talk about The Hatred of Literature with William Marx and Ben Lerner (March 20); a conversation with writer Frédéric Beigbeder as part of the French Literature in the Making series (March 26); and more in March.

All events are held at La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews (between University Place and Fifth Avenue), and are free and open to the public and in English, unless otherwise noted. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8750 or visit nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise. Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Friday, March 2, 6:00 p.m.
“Who Was Baya? Outsider? Insider?”
This panel considers the work of the Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931-1998); Jean Dubuffet’s travels in Algeria and concomitant formulation of his definition of “art brut; and the late Assia Djebar’s writing on Baya at the end of the Algerian War of Independence.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Baya: Woman of Algiers, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, January 9 - March 31.

Speakers include Natasha Boas, curator of the exhibition; author Omar Berrada; Denis Hollier, professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture, NYU; and Kent Minturn, visiting professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Co-sponsored by La Maison Française and the Grey Art Gallery

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
“Hâtez-vous déesse puissante! Concert of Music of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)”
La Perla Bizzarra
Alice Teyssier, soprano
Evan Few, violin
Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
Benjamin Katz, harpsichord

Reservations: 212-998-8750 or maison.francaise@nyu.edu
Tickets: $20 General Admission; $10 Students with ID

Co-sponsored by La Maison Française and the FAS Department of Music, NYU

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
“The Biography of a Book: New Approaches to Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Ernest Renan’s Life of Jesus”

Rethinking Nineteenth-Century French Studies
David Bellos
(Princeton University), Author of The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables
Robert Priest
(Royal Holloway, University of London), Author of The Gospel According to Renan: Reading, Writing, and Religion in Nineteenth-Century France
Stéphane Gerson
(NYU), moderator

Sponsored by the Institute of French Studies and the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
“Les Cahiers Dogon
Performance
Selected readings in French from “Les Cahiers Dogon” (P.O.L., 2001) by Antonin Potoski
Astrid Bas
, actress, director
Musical accompaniment: Dick Griffin, jazz trombone; Salieu Suso, kora (West African harp)

Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Futures of French Roundtable | Displacement/Mobility/Velocity”
Jennifer Row (Boston University)
Stephanie Ponsavady (Wesleyan University)

Sponsored by the Institute of French Studies and the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
“The Hatred of Literature”
William Marx, writer, critic, professor of Comparative Literature, Université Paris Nanterre; author of La Haine de la littérature (The Hatred of Literature, Harvard University Press, 2018)
Ben Lerner (respondent), poet, novelist, critic; MacArthur Fellow; author of No Art; Leaving the Atocha Station; 10:04; The Hatred of Poetry
Eric Banks (moderator), Director, New York Institute for the Humanities

Sponsored by La Maison Française and the New York Institute for the Humanities

Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
“French Literature in the Making”
Frédéric Beigbeder,
Writer, literary critic, television presenter; author of Windows on the World (Prix Interallié); L’Égoiste Romantique; Au Secours pardon; Un Roman français (Prix Renaudot); Oona & Salinger                                                                    
in conversation with
Olivier Barrot,
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume; Le Fils perdu; La Revue Blanche; Un Livre un jour, un livre toujours; Mitteleuropa; United States

In French

Thursday & Friday, March 29 & 30
“Specters of Kant, They Say / Spectres de Kant, dit-on” 
Conference
Organizers: Ârash Aminian Tabrizi (Comparative Literature, NYU) and Gabriela Basterra (Comparative Literature, NYU)
Participants include: Gabriela Basterra (Comparative Literature, NYU); Geoffrey Bennington (Comparative Literature, Emory University); Olivia Custer (Independent Researcher); Andrew Cutrofello (Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago); Stefanos Geroulanos (History, NYU); Jean-Michel Rabaté (Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania); Philippe Sabot (Philosophy, Université de Lille); Juliette Simont (Philosophy, Université Libre de Bruxelles); Daniel W. Smith (Philosophy, Purdue University)

For additional description, schedule, details, see as.nyu.edu/complit/events.html

Sponsors: Department of Comparative Literature; Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture; Department of German; Department of Philosophy; The New York Institute of Philosophy; Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures; The Program in Poetics and Theory; NYU Center for the Humanities; NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiatives

Editor’s Note
For over six decades, La Maison Française of New York University has served as a major forum for French-American cultural and intellectual exchange, offering contemporary perspectives on myriad French and Francophone issues. Its rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, and special events provides an invaluable resource to the university community, as well as the general public. For more, please visit nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.