La Maison Française of New York University presents its September calendar of events, including a three-day conference entitled “Re-Thinking Literature.”

French Literature in Focus for September at La Maison Française of NYU

La Maison Française of New York University (16 Washington Mews, at University Place, New York, N.Y.) is pleased to announce its September calendar of events, including a focus in many instances on French literature, and a three-day conference bringing together philosophers, writers, theoreticians, and critics entitled “Re-Thinking Literature.” For more information on the September line-up of cultural events, please visit or call 212.998.8750.

• September 19 to 21: CONFERENCE
Re-Thinking Literature
LOCATION: Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center, NYU
100 Washington Sq East (enter on Waverly Pl)
Re-Thinking Literature brings together philosophers, writers, critics and theoreticians of literature and art, to examine what, in the 21st Century, is understood when we speak about “literature.”

Thursday, September 19
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tom Bishop & Donatien Grau, conference organizers
Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, art critic, poet
Keynote address: Critical Conditions
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Boris Groys, NYU, art critic, poet
Donatien Grau, critic

Friday, September 20
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia, critic
Camille de Toledo, writer
Wayne Koestenbaum, CUNY, poet, cultural critic
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Shelley Jackson, writer, artist
Ben Lerner, poet, novelist
Jean-Philippe Toussaint, novelist, filmmaker
Camille Laurens, novelist, essayist
7:00 p.m.
Hélène Cixous, Paris VIII, novelist, essayist, philosopher
Keynote address: Ay Yay: The Shout of Literature

Saturday, September 21
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jesse Ball, poet, novelist
Tristan Garcia, novelist, philosopher
Joshua Cohen, novelist, critic
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Laurent Dubreuil, Cornell, philosopher, critic
Simon Critchley, New School, philosopher
4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Emily Apter, NYU, cultural critic, comparatist
Paul Audi, philosopher, critic
Avital Ronell, NYU, cultural critic, philosopher
All presentations in English. Free and open to the public.
This conference is made possible by the generous support of The Florence Gould Foundation, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Institut Français.

• Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
La Comédie Française aujourd’hui
Comédie-Française actors
in conversation with
French lecturer and director, l’Atélier, Princeton University
In French.

• Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Encounter with Dance
Visiting Scholar, French Department, NYU
Former principal dancer, New York City Ballet; founder, National Dance Institute; author, I Was A Dancer

• Friday, September 27
Institute of French Studies Colloquium: Panel discussion and film screening
Memories of Indochina
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Panel discussion
M. Kathryn Edwards, Bucknell University; Jean-François Klein, Université de Nantes;
Lam Lê, film director; Stephanie Ponsavady, Wesleyan; Todd Shepard, Johns Hopkins;
Moderated by Frédéric Viguier, NYU
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Film Screening
Cong Binh, la longue nuit indochinoise
Directed by Lam Lê (ADR Productions, 2012). Original version with English subtitles
Film location to be announced
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

• Monday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
French Literature in the Making
Writer, novelist; author of Boys, Boys, Boys (Prix de Flore); Du bruit; Gros œuvre; Paris Gare du Nord; Comme une bête
in conversation with
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5)
In French
Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, Centre National du Livre, Open Skies, Institut Français, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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